If you’re like most homeowners, you probably don’t think much about your sump pump – until something goes wrong. The worst time to discover your sump pump needs work is when your basement or home is filling with water. Learning more about how your sump pump works will allow you to spot the signs of trouble early and ensure this important device gets the attention it needs.
Is it Time for a New Sump Pump?
Some simple steps can help you determine if you need a new pump, or if your existing sump pump needs attention.
1. Take a Look
Your sump pump is in a sump pit designed to house the unit and make it easy for it to perform its job. If you look in the pit and see standing water or water is overflowing and nothing seems to be happening, you should contact a professional as soon as possible. Your pump is likely not operating properly and the next rainfall could trigger a total failure.
Sump pumps are not particularly noisy, but you should hear signs of operation, especially if water is present, as water should trigger the unit to begin working. A low, steady hum is usually present when a pump is working properly. If this sound disappears or changes, your pump could be struggling.
3. Count the Years
If your sump pump is more than 10 years old and you’ve never done any maintenance, it could be time to have someone take a look. An older pump is not only in danger of failing (and flooding your home), it may also run less efficiently than a newer model. If you don’t know when your sump pump was installed or last replaced, it is a good idea to call a plumber for an inspection.
Spotting the signs of trouble early is essential. A failing sump pump can damage your home and belongings, and unless you know what to look for, you could end up with a flooded basement and an emergency call to the plumber. Act now and have your older or noisy pump inspected. You’ll gain more information about your pump and get the peace of mind that comes from knowing your home is protected and that this vital unit is working as it should. For more information or for help with any of your plumbing needs, contact us at Brian Wear Plumbing today!