Sump Pumps

4 Signs Your Sump Pump Is on Its Way Out

Sump pumps are handy to have for drainage and keeping your basement dry. They can also help pump out groundwater or water backup from excess rains, floods, and other occurrences. However, like all electrical equipment, they eventually wear out and will need to be replaced. 

If your sump pump is doing anything on the list below, it might be time to consider a replacement. The best thing to do is to call the experts so they can accurately diagnose the problem and determine the best course of action. Here are four signs it’s time to call for help. 

#1 – It’s Making Strange Noises 

Sump pumps make a little noise when they kick on and run, but it’s usually just a low hum. If there’s more noise than that, such as any clunking or squealing noises, or if it sounds like water is rushing, there could be a problem with the pump itself. 

Carefully shut off the sump pump and disconnect the power until a professional comes to take a look. Otherwise, whatever is causing the noise could lead to much bigger problems. 

#2 – It’s Not Kicking on Like It Should 

There are several reasons a sump pump doesn’t come on properly, including simple fixes like a float switch that needs to be untangled. However, if the pump just isn’t running or doesn’t automatically turn on and off as needed, it could be a sign that it’s time to replace the pump. 

#3 – Cycle Irregularity 

Sump pumps are designed to cycle on and off as needed, but it shouldn’t be too often. They also shouldn’t be running constantly, so if yours is, that’s definitely a sign of a problem. Several factors play into how a sump pump cycles, but you’ll usually be able to tell if something is up with yours. 

#4 – Motor Failure

If your sump pump is getting power and the breaker isn’t tripped, there could be an issue with the internal motor or other components. This could result from blockages or freezes in the pump that cause clogs, or if a pump has to run too hard and for too long and eventually burns out. 

If you notice these issues or any other unseemly signs from your sump pump, it might be time to call Elk Grove Village Sewer & Plumbing to diagnose the issue and get things back in working order. 

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