Sump pumps do critical work in your home. They help solve dampness issues while also preventing basement flooding during storms. Due to the pump’s importance, you should regularly inspect and maintain it.
Many times, getting an upgraded sump pump will help prevent common maintenance issues while also giving you improved function. Here are some signs that an upgraded sump pump would be a good solution for your home.
The Pump Isn’t Clearing Water Effectively
Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t realize the sump pump isn’t working effectively until there’s a major disaster with flooding. However, you can test your sump pump yourself to ensure that it’s working.
Slowly pour a bucket of water into the sump pit. You should hear it turn on and see the water draining away. If these things don’t happen, it’s essential to upgrade your sump pump right away, before a major storm causes damage.
The Pump Is Dirty and Clogged
Because sump pumps are in a pit in the basement of most homes, they can sometimes be forgotten and neglected. Don’t put your home at risk by forgetting to inspect your sump pump for leaks or other damage..
If your pump is dirty with build up, or the pit is full of debris and dirt, it’s highly likely that the sump pump isn’t functioning as it should. Clean out the area and clear the inlet screen on the pump. If the sump pump is filthy or you can’t remove a clog, it’s time for an upgrade. You could also call your local Milwaukee drain cleaning professionals for assistance!
The Motor Sounds Unusual
If your sump pump motor doesn’t sound right when it’s running, that’s a sign that the pump is about to fail. Listen for unusually loud motor noises, indications that the pump is working too hard, or that something is wrong.
Don’t delay and hope it holds out through the next storm. It’s far better to upgrade your sump pump a bit sooner than too late.
There’s Standing Water in the Sump Pit
If you see water around your sump pump in the basement and don’t hear the motor running, your sump pump may have already broken down. It’s vital to get it upgraded right away to avoid a major flooding incident.
If water is already filling the pit, or you notice a smell indicating the water has been standing for quite some time, it’s a sure sign that a sump pump upgrade is needed.
About the Author: John Donovan, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Southeast WI
John has been a trusted plumber and owner of Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Southeast WI since 2006. With over 19 years to back him, John has experience with a wide range of plumbing related solutions and systems. He and his team specialize in pipeline restoration, utilizing minimally invasive state of the art technologies. He and his team have also demonstrated expertise in drainline diagnostics and resolving drainage issues.