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5 Signs That Your Sump Pump Needs to Be Replaced

Sump pumps are submersible devices that are part of most yard drainage systems in swampy or storm-prone areas. They are typically situated in a sump pit dug in the lowest part of the basement. In the event that the basement becomes flooded, the pump does its job by pumping the water from the basement to the nearest drain available. 

Most sump pumps utilize a centrifugal pump to eliminate water. When the motor is on, the impeller switches on as well. The spinning impeller forces water towards the side of the basement, creating a low-pressure area in the center. The water from the pits then rushes to fill the void and is drained out by the impeller through the pipes. 

Sump pumps are a minor but crucial addition to a home—having them helps prevent basement floods. They also protect wall coverings and paint from peeling, safeguard basement appliances, and reduce mold or fungus growth.

How Long Until I Need a New Sump Pump?

High-quality sump pumps can last approximately ten years, especially if you maintain them properly. There are two types of sump pumps—pedestal and submersible pumps. The pedestal pump has a motor sitting on a platform above the water, with an impeller in the pit. Meanwhile, the submersible pump is inside the pit, and it activates when the sensor detects that the water in the pit is at a certain level. 

Manufacturers use different materials for the two types, which affects their functionality. There are some signs which would tell you if it’s time to get a new sump pump. Here are warning signs you should look out for when you have a sump pump in your home.

1. You’ve Had a Basement Flood

The most obvious sign that you need to replace your sump pump is if you experience flooding in your basement. Sump pumps pull water out of the basement and to a place outside the home—this water could be from different water sources in the house. If you want to ensure that your carpets and walls stay dry, you need to get a new sump pump. If your home floods once despite having a pump, it will flood again.

2. Your Pump Turns on and off Frequently

Sump pumps activate when the pit containing it fills up, and it will turn off once you remove the water. If your pump cycles between being off and on, there could be several reasons why. First, the basin might not be large enough for the amount of floodwater it catches. In this case, you would need to replace the pump. Second, the float switch might be getting triggered unnecessarily. If so, you should ensure that it only turns on if the water is at a certain level.

3. Your Pump Is Running Longer Than Usual

Ideally, it only takes sump pumps minutes to drain floodwater. If it is on for too long, you might need to get a stronger or larger pump. If you don’t have the right sump pump, it will have to work overtime to compensate for the lack of space or power. A drainage contractor can help you determine a suitable replacement pump for your home.

4. Your Home Is on Flat Land

This one is not a warning sign but a living situation to keep in mind. If your home is on flat ground, there’s a higher chance of water getting into your home. When it rains, the ground absorbs the water. If the soil becomes inundated, the rainwater must go elsewhere. For homes on hilly or sloped land, the water will run off, but the water will likely get into your home if you live on flat land. Eventually, your walls and foundation can deteriorate and develop mold. Having a sump pump reduces the likelihood of your home’s structures weakening.

5. Your Pump Is Six to Ten Years Old

Many drainage contractors recommend planning for a replacement for your pump at the six-year mark. Though sump pumps can last longer than six years, a unit’s life span depends on various factors. How much you use it, how hard it works, and how much water passes through it all affect the longevity of your pump. If your pump runs often, you should get an expert to evaluate it regularly and inform you if it needs replacing.

If you’re having moisture and water problems in your basement, you might need sump pump services. Even if your home doesn’t regularly flood, having a pump will reduce your basement’s risk for water and moisture damage. Keep an eye out for the signs you need a new pump, and call your drainage contractors immediately when these start to manifest.

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