Sump pumps don't last that long, especially if they are used fairly regularly. A sump pump that is used in this way can last only about five years before needing to be replaced while one that isn't used that often can last longer, up to ten years. The best way to determine whether or not yours needs replacing is by taking notice of these four signs that heavily indicate it's time:
- Pooling Water in the Basement: If there are pools of water in the basement, chances are your sump pump is not functioning as it should. Of course, this doesn't include water that has pooled in uneven areas meaning that the water cannot flow to the sump pump. If this is the case, you will want to have the flooring evened out to prevent further water damage. If the water is pooling because it's not being drained by the sump pump, it's time to get an inspection and possibly have it replaced.
- Water is Sitting On the Float: Every once in a while, you should check the holding tank of the sump pump. If there is water that is sitting on the float valve, this is when the sump pump should be turned on. However, if it's not, then it's a problem that either needs to be repaired or the sump pump needs to be replaced altogether, especially if the cost of repairs almost reaches or exceeds the cost of replacement.
- Electrical Switch Has Gone Bad: If the electrical switch has gone bad, the sump pump will not be turned on at all. At this point, it's better to have the sump pump replaced since repairing the electrical switch can be quite costly and is usually about the same, if not more than the same cost as the replacement of the sump pump.
- Strange Noises: Hopefully any strange noises you hear from the sump pump simply indicate a small repair that needs to be made. However, it can also be due to a heavy buildup of dirt and debris in the propeller, which can cause the propeller to break, which leads to the need of complete replacement of the sump pump.
If you notice any of these four signs, you don't necessarily need to jump to the conclusion that replacement is needed, but you should definitely prepare for this. Hire the right professionals for inspection to determine whether or not it's a repair or replacement that is needed. To learn more, contact a sump pump replacement company like Rite-Way Waterproofing.