When water enters your basement, your sump pump’s job is to pull it away from your foundation into your wastewater system and keep your basement from flooding. Your sump pump is an essential component of your plumbing system and can mean the difference between a dry basement and a flooded nightmare. Sump pumps need replacing every few years to ensure your home stays protected from flooding. If you notice your sump pump malfunctioning, it can indicate that the device needs to be replaced. Here are some signs that your sump pump needs replacing.
You Hear Strange Noises
Unusual sounds coming from your pump can indicate worn or broken parts. Subtle noises from your sump pump are normal. But, if the motor noise from your sump pump is excessive or jarring, the motor could have a failed mechanism. Rattling or grinding noises may be caused by something caught in the fan on the bottom that pulls water into the pump. Your plumber will be able to tell you what the problem is and if you need to replace your pump.
Pooling Water in the Basement
If you find water in your basement, it is clear that the sump pump has failed. During heavy rainfall or storms, some water may overflow the sump pump pit. However, any excess water should be flushed down the hole quickly. If water remains in your basement, it is likely indicative of a bigger issue.
The Pump Won’t Stop Running
If your sump pump runs constantly, it could be a sign that there is a problem with the switch and float mechanisms. This sometimes occurs when there is a problem with the power source, or the pump shifts inside the basin, causing the float not to respond. Sump pumps that won’t stop running can also indicate that your device does not have enough power to accommodate your house’s needs. Regardless, a sump pump that runs all the time will not handle the extra water load when a flood happens, so it will likely need to be replaced.
Visible Signs of Rust or Damage
If you live in an area with frequent flooding, your sump pump may be working overtime. This can lead to increased wear and tear on the machine. Sump pumps can develop rust due to corroded battery terminals. However, those brown spots could also be a result of bacteria buildup. While this doesn’t pose any health risks, it will impede the water flow of your drainage system.
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