A sump pump will often demonstrate warning signs that a problem is occurring and needs repair. The signs that you should be aware of include:
Excessive Vibration When Running
Excessive vibrations or wobbling sounds can indicate that your sump pump needs repair. The most likely cause of these noises is a damaged impeller, the apparatus that draws in water. When debris enters the pump, it can dent, bend, and wear down the impeller, creating imbalance. This can add stress to the entire system and lead to further malfunction.
Strange noises coming from your sump pump are never a good sign. Rattling, grinding, or a loud motor may mean the pump isn’t properly performing. This can leave basements vulnerable to humidity and moisture.
A sump pump that isn’t needed as often may seem like a good thing. However, an unused sump pump can see reduced longevity. Even if your basement is dry and clear of water, it’s essential to regularly test the pump to ensure it’s in working order.
Doesn’t Turn Off
A pump that constantly runs is an indication that there’s a malfunction occurring within the system. A sump pump can run constantly for several reasons. It’s important to have your system inspected right away in this instance to prevent further damage.
If a pump is continually siphoning off sediment and debris, its life will likely be shortened. A filter can catch such waste to extend the pump’s life – but if the motor starts to stick, it may need further remediation or replacement.
Corroded parts impact a system’s ability to effectively move water out of your basement and away from your home. The corrosion can be due to age or rusted battery terminals. Iron-oxidizing bacteria can cause it, as well. This bacterium absorbs the iron nutrients in the water, sometimes leaving behind a gel-like substance that can disrupt a sump pump and plumbing system. If corrosion or rust is apparent, you should consider repairing or replacing the pump.
Regardless of how well a sump pump has been maintained and cared for, it will eventually reach the end of its useful life and begin to malfunction. It’s recommended that sump pumps be replaced after seven years, even if there are no warning signs of failure.
Frequent Power Outages
A sump pump connects to a home’s electrical system. Therefore, outages and power surges can reduce its longevity. Test your sump pump after a power outage to ensure it performs efficiently.