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Warning Signs You May Have a Sump Pump Problem

July 6, 2018

There is nothing pleasant about the smell of a wet, musty basement. Besides the foul odor it emits, it can also lead to mold growth and health issues. That’s why having an effective sump pump is so important. Here are five common signs that indicate your pump may need to be repaired or replaced.

Excessive Vibrating

Does it sound like there’s a marching drum corps in your basement every time the sump pump runs? This noise is often the result of a damaged impeller. While bending the impeller back into shape might seem like a quick, easy fix, it’s not a smart idea. Damaged impellers create problems for the entire pump system.

Constant or Frequent Running

While you want a pump that does the job, it shouldn’t be operating around the clock. Constant running is usually caused by a bad switch or an issue with the float arm. Another common problem is having a sump pit that is too small to handle the water level during heavy rains. If your pump was installed by the builder, this may be the case.

Rust Discoloration

Signs of rust may indicate a corroded battery or a type of bacteria caused by iron levels in the water. If the problem is iron bacteria, it could eventually develop into a sticky gel material capable of slowing water flow or clogging the plumbing. Whatever the reason for the rust, a sump pump inspection is recommended.

Age

If you have an older home, a new sump pump installation is often necessary. Despite regular maintenance, all pumps eventually need replacing. The life of your pump will depend on many factors including having the right size system, correct float switch and a good electrical connection.

Most homeowners ignore their sump pump system until problems occur. In order to extend the life of your pump and prevent property damage, regular maintenance is needed. Hiring a professional to perform this task can save you time and ensure the pump is working properly.