Water can create foundation cracks, weaken a home’s structural integrity, and allow moisture buildup that enables mold growth. There are certain signs to look for that indicate a repair or sump pump replacement is necessary, including:
Excessive Vibration While Running
When the pump starts to excessively vibrate or wobble, it may need repair. The vibrations may be from a damaged impeller, the apparatus that draws in water. Debris siphoned into the pump can dent, bend, and wear down the impeller, creating imbalance. This can put added stress on the entire system and lead to further malfunction.
The wobble and vibration from a failing sump pump component can create odd noises. Rattling, grinding, or a loud motor may mean the pump isn’t performing properly and can leave a basement vulnerable to humidity and moisture.
It may seem like a good thing if a sump pump isn’t needed often, but an unused sump pump can decrease its longevity. Even when the basement is dry and comfortable, it’s important to regularly test the pump to ensure it’s in working order in the case of heavy rains or emergencies.
Similarly, if the pump’s engine is running all the time, something may be wrong with the system. If the switch or float that detects excess water isn’t functioning properly, it can send the pump into overdrive. It’s important to have it looked at immediately in this instance.
If a pump is continually siphoning off sediment and debris, its shelf life will likely be reduced. 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.
Corrosion may be an effect of age or rusted battery terminals; however, iron-oxidizing bacteria can also cause it. 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, it’s recommended to repair or replace the pump.
More Than Seven Years Old
No matter how much a sump pump is maintained and cared for, it will eventually begin to malfunction. After seven years of usage, a sump pump should be replaced even if there are no warning signs of failure.
Frequent Power Outages
Like most home appliances and machinery, electrical outages and power surges can reduce the life of a sump pump. A backup sump pump that runs on a marine battery can help homeowners avoid pump problems that stem from erratic electrical systems.
There may be other signs that a pump needs to be repaired. Dry Tech Waterproofing Solutions has been in the basement waterproofing business for over a decade and we understand sump pump maintenance and repair are critical to your home’s structural support system and the well-being of your family.