A sump pump is an important part of your home’s plumbing system. It’s installed in the basement or a crawlspace and keeps your home from flooding. Sump pumps need to be replaced regularly, so it’s important to know when yours is starting to fail to prevent water accumulation and damage.
How to Know That Your Sump Pump Is Failing
1. Strong Vibrations
Your pump should not be vibrating excessively. This often means that it has sucked up hard debris, along with water, and it has damaged the impellers, which suck the water in. If the impeller is damaged, it will cause the system to have problems in the future.
2. Constantly Running on Its Own
A sump pump should not constantly be running. It’s only needed when water is present. If your pump runs all the time, it might not work right when it needs to. Check its on/off switch or get it replaced if it constantly runs on its own.
3. Power Outages
If you lose power a lot, your sump pump might get damaged. It’s wired into your home’s electrical system, so it can be at risk of damage from several power surges. A professional might recommend that you install a second pump that runs on a marine battery so it won’t fail when you need it.
4. Infrequent Use
If your sump pump doesn’t run regularly, its life will be reduced. You need to test the pump between rainstorms to make sure that it’s working. Keep a log of when you test it to ensure consistency.
If your sump pump needs to be replaced or repaired, trust the professional plumbers at John Lockwood Plumbing in Ontario, NY. They’re a family-owned business that has served the Wayne County community for over 40 years. In addition to sump pump services, they can also handle leaky faucets, low water pressure, and toilet flow issues. Visit their website to learn more or call (585) 265-0736 to schedule an appointment.