Originally posted on 03/30/2015
Sump pumps, like everything else, have a fixed lifespan. Usually, the lifespan of a sump pump is between 5 and 10 years. Sump pumps that are used more than others tend to fail closer to 4 years. Whereas sump pumps used less frequently can last longer. The plumbing experts at Heaney Plumbing & Heating suggest that homeowners consider replacing their sump pump when one or more of these signs are present:
1. Pooling Water in the Basement
Water in your basement is a sure sign that the sump pump has failed. During heavy rainfall or storms, some water may overflow the sump pump pit. However, any excess water should go back down into your pit quickly. If water remains in your basement, you probably have an issue on your hands.
2. Water is Above the Float in the Tank
When you look in the holding tank, there is a float valve. When the water reaches the float valve, the sump pump should kick on. Water above the float valve indicates sump pump failure. Check to make sure everything is connected, possibly turning the system off and on again, to see if there is a quick fix to the extra water. If water remains about the float, call a plumber.
3. Switch Failure in Your Sump Pump
Sometimes, the electrical switch goes bad, so the signal is not transmitted and the pump will not work. These can be fixed, but for a little added cost, a new sump pump can be installed.
4. Unusual Noises Coming from Your Sump Pump
Over time, dirt and debris can get clogged in the propeller. This can result in the pump making strange noises that can signal failure.
Sump Pump Maintenance
Not all homeowners have sump pumps in their homes, but those who do must make sure that the pump is fully functional to avoid water damage in the basement. Sometimes sump pumps require minor services from professionals and continue to run without incident, but when a sump pump is showing signs of age, it is best to replace it.
Getting Help with Your Sump Pump from Metro Detroit's Veteran Plumbers
Those residing in Metro Detroit with aging sump pumps should contact the experts at Heaney Plumbing & Cooling. With more than 45 years of providing outstanding plumbing and heating services to homeowners in Metro Detroit, Heaney is the clear choice when selecting a company to replace your aging sump pump. Contact the friendly staff today to schedule an appointment!