Sump pumps are often used to help remove water after a flood. However, they are also a common way to help redirect water to improve/provide drainage and prevent flooding. If you would like to know more, keep reading.
What Are the Signs Your Sump Pump Needs Attention?
Naturally, if your sump pump doesn't turn on when the basin is full, there's an issue. However, even if the system is working, there may be problems. Start by looking for signs of rust or age because sump pumps only last about seven to ten years.
Loud sounds and constant running may also indicate there is an issue. If you are having difficulties determining if the system is running, check the drain for the sump pump basin while it should be running. If there is no water coming out of the drain, the system may not be working, or there may be a clog.
When the sump pump doesn't work correctly, it may affect other parts of the yard or home. If there is a clog, water may redirect toward the basement. If your sump pump helps with drainage, your yard, basement, or crawlspace may flood.
What Causes Sump Pump Problems?
Not surprisingly, the most common cause of sump pump problems is age. Lack of maintenance may shorten the normal lifespan of the system. Other causes include:
- Loss of power source
- Stuck switch
- Clogged or frozen discharge pipe
- Improper installation
How Can You Prevent Sump Pump Problems?
The biggest way to prevent sump pump problems is by maintaining it. You can do this on your own by regularly cleaning the pump and basin. If your sump pump is connected to your washing machine, make sure to wash it more frequently.
You should also have annual sump pump inspections by a professional. They'll make sure the entire system was installed correctly, is the right size, is working properly, etc. They check many parts, including the valve, alarm, cover, and discharge location.
How Can You Treat Sump Pump Problems?
If your sump pump isn't working, start by making sure it's plugged in and/or has power. Next, make sure the basin has water in it. If the basin is empty or low, the pump shouldn't run. You may need to adjust the pump in the basin. If that doesn't work, contact a professional for an inspection and/or repair.
If the system is old, however, it is best to replace it. Luckily, you may only need to replace the pump. If there are no other issues, you can keep the basin and other features like French drains. On average, a new sump pump only costs about $100 to $300 without labor. If you do need a basin and sump pump, you may still only pay $250 to $600.
Contact a professional to learn more about sump pumps.