Catching sump pump problems early goes a long way toward ensuring your Jacksonville, IL, home’s basement doesn’t flood during heavy rainstorms. Just because these plumbing appliances are usually out of sight doesn’t mean they should be out of mind. Here are some common signs you need sump pump repairs soon.
Pump Runs Nonstop
A sump pump that never turns off isn’t a blessing. It’s a sign of a few problems that need your attention. If your sump pump doesn’t have enough horsepower to pump out all the collected water, it might run frequently to keep up. A faulty switch could also cause the pump to run continuously. You want to get to the bottom of the problem ASAP to prevent the pump from wearing out sooner than expected and stopping suddenly.
Your sump pump uses an impeller. Under normal circumstances, the impeller shouldn’t make any obvious sounds. However, if it becomes damaged, it will begin to vibrate. Unfortunately, impellers can easily bend, and they can’t be repaired. You’ll need to contact a qualified service technician to replace the impeller. Do so quickly to ensure the sump pump’s ready to do its job and protect your home from flooding.
The Pump Is 7 Years Old or Older
Sump pumps don’t last forever. In fact, compared to some plumbing appliances, they have a short lifespan. Most sump pumps begin showing signs of wear and tear that affect their performance around the seven-year mark. If you have an older sump pump, consider replacing it to avoid unexpected stoppages and possible flooding.
Ideally, you want to test your sump pump every three to four months to make sure it’s working. Pour enough water into the sump pit to raise the float and ensure the pump turns on. If there’s any hesitation with the operation, call for an inspection and possible repairs. Contact the qualified service technicians at HRI Plumbing online to learn more about sump pump repairs and replacement, or call us!