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When Should I Replace my Sump Pump? 10 Signs It’s Time

Keeping your home dry is essential to preventing water damage and keeping it livable. But when water from rain, melting snow, or other sources overflows, the basement floor starts creeping toward your home’s main level.

A sump pump is a backup plan that prevents mold growth and structural damage caused by standing water in the basement. If you don’t maintain this system, water may accumulate and cause serious structural damage to your home.

How Long Does A Sump Pump Last?

The average lifespan of a sump pump is usually around 10 to 15 years. However, the sump pump lifespan depends on the pump type and maintenance quality.

Some pumps have a shorter lifespan than others. For example, some pumps with heavy-duty motors can last up to 20 years, while others with light-duty motors may only last for 5-10 years. The lifespan also depends on how well you maintain your sump pump.

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Signs Of Sump Pump Failure

Do you think your sump pump needs to be replaced? Here are ten signs to know it’s time to replace your sump pump.

1. Water overflowing from the sump pit

This is a clear sign of water in your sump pit. If water is overflowing, it means that the sump pump has failed.

2. Water leaking through the walls

If you notice water leaking from your basement walls, it indicates a failing sump pump.

3. Water pooling on the floor

If water is pooling on the floor, it could mean that your sump pump needs to be replaced.

4. Water leaking through the floor joists

If you notice water leaking through the floor joists, it signifies a faulty sump pump.

5. Strange noises

When you hear strange noises from your basement, it could signify a failing sump pump. If you encounter a rattling or grinding noise, it likely means issues with the impeller or fan.

6. Cracks in your basement ceiling

If you notice cracks in your basement ceiling, it signifies a faulty sump pump. The pump should be able to move enough water to keep the basement dry.

7. Increased vibrations

If you experience vibrating from your sump pump can be from a mechanical problem, an overworked motor, or drain line issues. When you notice increased vibrations in your basement, it signals you need to replace your sump pump.

8. Frequently cycling on and off

The sump pump cycles on and off frequently. This issue is usually caused by a clogged vent pipe or broken float switch.

9. Visible Rust

Visible rust indicates that the pump has been in use for too long. If you notice rusting components, replace the pump immediately.

10. Motor Failure

A sump pump is a mechanical device that works by forcing the water out of the basement. If the pump breaks down, it won’t be able to do its job and keep your home dry.

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