When To Repair or Replace Your Sump Pump

Your sump pump is a humble device, quietly working in the background to keep your basement dry and…

When To Repair or Replace Your Sump Pump
Jun 25, 2024

Your sump pump is a humble device, quietly working in the background to keep your basement dry and free from water damage. However, like any hero, it can face challenges and wear over time.

Knowing when to call a plumber for a repair or even a sump pump replacement can save you from potential flooding headaches. In this article brought to you by Acknowledge Plumbing, we peak into some of the signs that indicate you should call a plumber to investigate your sump pump.

Keep up with inspections

Just like you'd check your car's oil or your smoke detectors’ battery, you should also regularly inspect your sump pump. Look for any visible signs of wear and tear, rust, or leaks. A quick visual check can catch potential issues early.

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Our Services

Acknowledge Plumbing provides 24-hour residential and commercial plumbing repair & installation services in Sacramento County and all surrounding areas. Call our office now to schedule a nearby plumber.

Comprehensive annual plumbing inspections cover sump pumps if you choose Acknowledge Plumbing. We offer wide-ranging plumbing services from leak detection to repipings and new piping.

What’s that sound?

If your sump pump starts making strange noises, it's time to raise the red flag. Listen for grinding, clunking, or whirring sounds that are out of the ordinary. These noises can indicate worn-out parts or mechanical problems that need attention.

On a similar note, the sump pump should operate smoothly without excessive vibrations. If you notice increased vibrations or shaking during operation, it could mean that components are out of alignment or damaged. A plumber can diagnose and fix these issues.

How’s your sump pump pumping?

The primary job of a sump pump is to remove water efficiently. If you notice that it's struggling to keep up with water levels or if water stays in the sump pit after the pump runs, it could be due to a clogged discharge pipe, a failing motor, or worn-out parts.

If incoming water contains debris, sediment, or chemicals, it can lead to clogs or damage over time. Regularly clean and service the sump pump to prevent these issues and ensure optimal pump performance.

Is your sump pump not even powering on?

Sump pumps rely on electricity to operate. During power outages, especially during storms and flooding, your pump won't work unless you have a backup system in place. Consider installing a battery backup or a water-powered backup pump to keep your basement protected.

Don’t overlook the mechanic aspect. The float switch is what triggers the sump pump to turn on and off based on water levels. If the float switch gets stuck or fails to activate the pump, water will just collect in the sump pit. Testing the float switch regularly is a top priority maintenance task.

How old is your sump pump anyway?

Age is a significant factor in sump pump reliability. Most pumps have a lifespan of around 10 years, depending on usage and maintenance. Even the most sophisticated engineering succumbs to friction, wear and tear, and natural forces. If your pump is around or over 10 years old, it's time to consider a replacement to avoid unexpected failures.

Hire uniformed, local plumbers today.

Whether you need a quick inspection, a water leak repair, or a plumbing installation, the uniformed plumbers at Acknowledge Plumbing are ready to help. Call Acknowledge Plumbing to speak with a member of our team today.

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