4 Signs You Need A New Sump Pump In Your Basement This Winter

Posted on: 8 December 2016

If water tends to get into your basement, you need to have a working sump pump, especially during the winter time. A working sump pump will help prevent your basement from becoming flooded when storm water gets into your basement. Here are four signs that you need to replace your sump pump before it just stops working for you.

#1 Age

Sump pumps are not made to last forever. They are devices that have a limited lifetime. If you have had the sump pump in your basement for close to a decade, it is time to remove your old one and install a newer, more efficient pump. You should replace the sump pump in your basement at least every decade.

#2 Rust

If you can see rust on your sump pump, it may be time for it go. Rust can wear down the components of your sump pump and cause it to not work that effectively. Rust can also corrode away the battery terminal and cause the battery to malfunction.

There is also a bacteria that can develop that looks just like rust, called iron bacteria. This bacteria is known to form a gel-like substance. This gel-like substance can clog up all the pipes and connections and will make the water in your sump pump develop flow issues.

#3 Rarely Used

For your sump pump to stay effective, it needs to be used from time to time. Not using your sump pump on a regular basis will actually shorten its usable life. Try to keep a notebook that documents when you actually use your sump pump. Additionally, you should also test your sump pump in between usage. This will help keep the system running smoothly and will it make it easier for you to identify any issues. This will help you keep your sump pump working well. If you just let your sump pump sit without being used for long periods of time, you are going to need to replace it sooner rather than later.

#4 Strange Noise

Finally, keep an ear open for strange noises from your sump pump. If your sump pump starts to make strange noises that it didn't before, that is a solid sign that the parts inside of the motor could be getting worn out or damaged. If your sump pump is newer, you may be able to fix the issues behind the strange noise, but if your sump pump is older and making strange noise, you should get rid of it.

The four signs above are just a few signs that it is time to replace your sump pump. If you are unsure about the state of yoursump pump, have it inspected. 

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