What is a Sump Pump? A sump pump is used to remove water from basements. It’s a small pump that is used in the lowest area of a basement or crawlspace. Most of the time, sump pumps are installed in sump pits, where water flows through and the sump pump’s job is to pump the water out of the pit and away from the house, building, etc.
Why are they important? Even a small amount of water in the basement can cause home owners thousands in damages. Mold and mildew are common in moist basements and can cause health related issues for your family. More than 60% of homes have a sump pump installed to prevent those things.
Do I Need a New Sump Pump?
Is your sump pump frequently cycling from on to off? That’s probably not a good sign. It might be a simple fix, like the float switch incorrectly adjusted. Or, the basin is too small for the water volume you are dealing with. Either way, it can burn out the motor prematurely.
Long Run Times
Next time you hear your sump pump turn on, pay attention to how long it runs. If you hear it for several minutes, that may mean it’s under-powered. There are a few reasons for this, if you suspect it’s running for too long, give us a call and we can take a look and make sure it’s functioning properly.
High Noise Level
A properly working sump pump should sound like a low hum. If the motor noise is louder than normal, or you hear a rattling/grinding, something might be jammed or damaged. Call us immediately to prevent further damage!
Not turning On
The automatic switches in the sump pump can break or push against the wall of the basin. This causes your pump to not turn on when you need it to, which is a huge problem for home owners. If you think your pump isn’t turning on, make the call to get it looked at.