Categories: Sump Pumps

Signs Your Sump Pump Needs Replacement Before Spring Floods Begin

All mechanical devices are subject to wear over their useful life periods. And they will require replacement at some point. If your home has a basement, then a sump pump is a necessity. Basements are subject to flooding during periods of heavy rain. Especially if there is poor drainage outside your home. The problem is exacerbated if you experience a power failure during a heavy storm.

The average useful life span of a properly maintained sump pump is ten years. There are some signs you can look for to help you decide whether it is time to replace your existing sump pump. We have listed some of them below.

  • You start hearing odd noises emanating from the pump.
  • Pump starts vibrating excessively while it is running.
  • Pump sits idle for extended periods.
  • Pump never stops running.
  • Pump cycles on and off at irregular intervals.
  • You see rust anywhere on any part the pump or accessories.
  • The sump pump motor sticks occasionally.
  • The motor stops working altogether.

If you see any of these signs, then you will know it is probably best to go ahead and replace your sump pump. We realize that you may wish to save money by replacing the pump yourself. Just understand that a lot can go into replacing your sump pump, so make sure you only do it if you have experience with these mechanicals.

What Does a Sump Pump System Involve?

Sump pump systems can be quite complicated. The complete system involves many more components than simply the pump itself. You should consider things like float switches and arms, electrical connections, discharge piping, check valves.

Sump pump float systems function in the opposite manner of the float in a toilet tank. When water in the sump rises to a pre-determined level, the float switch will activate the pump. Once the water level is lowered to a pre-determined level, the pump will shut off automatically.

Discharge piping normally includes a check valve at some point. These check valves perform an important function. While the pump is running, the check valve will remain open. When the sump pump stops running, the check valve will close so that water will not flow back into the sump.

The discharge piping itself is not immune from the effects of aging. Over the past several decades, PVC has become the predominant pipe material. Most people know that PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride, plastic) will not corrode. We have all heard about plastic in landfills that lasts indefinitely.

However, PVC can become dry over time which can cause cracks to form in the pipe. PVC pipe is also subject to the effects of ultraviolet light. Any PVC discharge piping that is exposed to the sun will change colors over time. The easiest way to spot sun damage to PVC pipe is by noticing a change in color. PVC pipe that has been exposed to If you see any cracks in the discharge piping, it will need to be replaced as well.

When to Call a Professional

As we discussed earlier, sump pump systems can be quite complicated. If any of the things we discussed give you pause, or you are just not mechanically inclined, it is time to call in a professional. In cases such as these, you will need the assistance of a licensed plumber.

Here at Elk Grove Village Sewer & Plumbing, we have expert professionally licensed plumbers on staff. You can rest assured that we are able to handle all your sewer needs. If you encounter any sewer problem, please give us a call. Thank you for your interest in Elk Grove Sewer & Plumbing!


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