How Do You Know If Your Sump Pump Needs To Be Replaced?


A sump pump is part of a water removal system in your home. According to Wikipedia, most homeowners have a sump pump in their basement if the basement is below the water table level. Water can accumulate in a sump basin for several reasons including natural rain or ground water runoff and perimeter drainage. Keeping the pump in good working order can save you the headache of unwanted water damage.

3 Signs the Sump Pump Is Dying

Nothing lasts forever, and your home's sump pump is no exception. Three major signs can indicate that it needs to be replaced.

  1. It's Loud: A standard pump runs with a very low hum. Most homeowners won't even realize it's doing its job until it needs to be replaced. Should the pump's motor burnout, it will produce a loud hard to hiss, buzz, rattle, or grind when it activates.
  2. It's Not Functioning: The pump should turn on to drain water as it accumulates in the sump basin. It sends the standing water on its way to a non-problematic area, such as a drain that connects to city drainage. If the basin overflows, then the pump is not functioning and could require replacement.
  3. It Doesn't Shut Off: A sump pump should kick on and off in a relatively short amount of time. When it needs to be replaced, it may turn on and not shut off or run for an excessively long block of time.

While all three of these symptoms commonly indicate a need for replacement, they can also be signs of minor issues. For example, a pump that does not shut off may be overwhelmed by water due to the basin flooding. If the increase in water accumulation is the result of a leak, finding and fixing the leak will remedy the sump pump issue. Always investigate the cause of loud noises, malfunction, and no shut-off.

The Average Lifespan of a Sump Pump

A standard sump pump has an average lifespan of roughly ten years. If the pump in your home is approaching this age, replacing it is smart. It could save you from a breakdown at a less than ideal time.

You can expect to spend anywhere from $100 to $200 on a standard pump. Standard versions are 1/3-horsepower and can remove up to 2,200 gallons in an hour—perfect for small to significant flooding. Don't be caught without a working pump! If you do run into a problem you can't fix, contact a plumber.


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