Warning Signs for Your Sump Pump
Sump pumps are great for basements that are prone to flooding, as their main purpose is to send water away from the home to a place where it is no longer problematic, like a well or storm drain. But like anything else in your home, your sump pump needs maintained properly or it can fail and cause big problems. Let’s take a look at some warning signs that your sump pump is going bad.
Symptom #1: Vibrates While Running
Your sump pump vibrating while it is running is usually a sign that the pump has sucked up some sort of debris that has damaged the impellers. A damaged or bent impeller can stress the pump’s shaft and cause the entire fixture to wobble and vibrate when running.
Symptom #2: Constantly Running
If your sump pump seems to be running nonstop, there’s likely an issue with the float arm or switch. The switch can lose connection with its power source when the pump shifts inside its basin. This renders the float ineffective and therefore disables the pump from knowing when to shut off. Another reason for continuous running is a water load that is too high for your current sump pump to handle.
Symptom #3: Making Strange Noises
Unusual sounds coming from your sump pump can mean worn or damaged parts. The main problems with sump pumps that cause strange noises to occur are failed motor bearings and jammed impellers. Talking to a professional can help you determine whether the damaged parts can be replaced or the entire pump needs to be swapped out for a new one.
Symptom #4: Old Age
Like the other components of your home, your sump pump will not last forever and will have to be replaced eventually. If your pump is nearing 8-10 years since it was originally installed, it’s a good time to have it inspected and most likely replaced with a new system.
The best way to know if your sump pump is performing properly is to have it inspected by a professional. Regular testing and maintenance of your sump pump will help to ensure consistent functionality of this plumbing fixture and will greatly decrease the chances of failure, which can lead to flooding and water damage in your home.