A sump pump is your best guard against moisture if you have a basement that leaks or floods whenever it rains. When functioning well, your sump pump keeps mould and mildew in your basement at bay. It also gives you peace of mind knowing that you don’t have to deal with a flooded basement. Nonetheless, a sump pump not working can create a host of problems that can be costly to rectify. This means that knowing the warning signs of sump pump failure is crucial.
People usually notice malfunctions soon after they occur. If you are like most homeowners, you don’t think about the possibility of sump pump failure on a daily basis. In fact, you may even forget your sump pump needs regular maintenance to continue operating at an optimal level.
Signs of Sump Pump Failure
⫸ Inconsistent Performance
Sometimes a sump pump keeps running even when it is in distress. But instead of running consistently, the pump should work intermittently. If you begin to hear the sound of your sump pump turning on and off irregularly, it’s a telltale sign that maintenance or replacement is necessary.
⫸ Noisy Sump Pump
Under normal conditions, your sump pump should make a faint humming sound when working. Any sump pump noise louder than usual is an indication that there could be more water in the sump pump than it can handle. This happens if you have a small sump pump basin. In cases where there is a lot of flooding, the motor of the sump pump may depreciate quicker if the system is working overtime to keep water out of the basement. A solution to this problem is buying a sump pump with a larger basin that can handle frequent flooding.
When Is Sump Pump Replacement Necessary?
The last thing you want is to replace a sump pump that doesn’t need to be replaced and only needs repair. So test your pump to see if the problem can be solved without replacing the system. If there are performance issues, find out how to reset a sump pump and see if that solves the problem. To do this, locate the reset button on the motor of your sump pump. Each model is different, so if the one you have does not have that button, use the on/off switch or unplug the pump from the power outlet.
You will need to replace your sump pump if it becomes unresponsive and you cannot get it to start, or if it won’t turn off.