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When Is it Time to Replace a Sump Pump?

Apr 17, 2020
When Is it Time to Replace a Sump Pump?

Torrential downpours and burst pipes can lead to a ton of water in your basement. The last thing any homeowner or businessowner wants is a flooded basement. Luckily, sump pumps pull away water into your wastewater treatment and keeps your basement from flooding. If you do not have a sump pump, then we recommend calling the professionals at Neighborhood Plumbing to schedule your appointment for an installation as soon as possible. For those who do have a sump pump installed, there are common questions about maintenance. In this article, we will go over some signs that it is time for a sump pump replacement.

General Life Expectancy of a Sump Pump

Sump pumps have an average life expectancy of eight to ten years depending on how often it operates, the runtime of its cycles, and the amount of water it has pumped away. Naturally, regular maintenance and cleaning will extend the sump pump’s lifespan. If you are not sure about the condition of your sump pump, then we recommend you call the experts at Neighborhood Plumbing to inspect and service your pump, especially if you expect a storm or torrential rainfall soon. After all, it is more cost-effective to pay for an inspection and service than to deal with the aftermath of a flooded basement.

Signs That You Need to Replace Your Sump Pump

  1. Strange Noises: If your sump pump is making strange sounds, then there may be worn or damaged parts. Most common issues are failed bearings on the motor or a jammed or damaged impeller. Bent or damaged impellers can also cause the sump pump to vibrate aggressively as the fan wobbles while turning.
  2. Continuous Operation: If your sump pump is running all the time, then there may be a problem with your switch. These issues can arise when the pump shifts inside the basin and disconnects from the float arm. Continuously running sump pumps may not be ready to handle large water loads and they should be replaced.
  3. Rust: Whether it is from corroded battery terminals or iron bacteria, rust will cause problems with the water flow and cause clogging.
  4. Does Not Run: Sump pumps can lose power for many reasons: there may be a blown fuse, sump pump might be unplugged and never plugged back in, or a battery backup has run out of power. 
  5. Old Age: As mentioned earlier, a sump pump is good for an average of eight to ten years. It is time to replace it after this period to avoid costly water damage.

Who to Call?

When it is time to replace your sump pump, you want to go to certified professionals. After all, your sump pump is like an insurance policy that can save you from flooded basements, devastating water damage, and expensive repairs. Residents, homeowners, and businessowners in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas can call the professionals at Neighborhood Plumbing. We are your 24-hour emergency plumbers in Pittsburgh with no overtime charges, certified local plumbers, and over 10 years of experience. We look forward to taking your call!

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