Sump pumps are one of the more durable devices that we could think of. These things are literally in the ground for years in pretty bad conditions and still, usually, work accordingly when they are needed. As with a lot of the other devices that are used in plumbing just age and the overall wear and tear that comes with that will inevitably start to bring forth issues. There are a couple of things that we would like to recommend that you do to help your pump stay healthy for a long time. Also knowing when it is time to retire the pump is key towards keeping your basement dry!
Listen To Your Pump
We are dead serious about this. One of the best ways to figure out whether or not you have some type of pump problem is to literally listen to your pump. This is going to allow you to detect a problem before you get to the point where the pump just won’t start. Actually, if your pump is basically running for hours on end that is usually another sign that you are going to have a problem. So, we would recommend that you really pay attention to the types of noises that your pump happens to be making.
The 7 Year Mark
There are very few situations where you are going to find a duration that is kind of universally accepted. Most of the time even we are going to tell you that your toilet, for instance, could last anywhere from 15 to 20 years. Depending on the materials that it is made out of. With sump pumps, they are going to be good for around 7 years. They can hold up a little longer than that, but usually after that mark, if we see that problems emerge we will probably need to replace it!
Can A Pump Be Overrun?
The idea around having one of these pumps is that you are going to be able to handle the excessive amount of water that is pouring into your property. Can a pump be overrun? Yes, usually builders are smart about these things and they are going to be using pumps that are going to be able to handle the amount of water that could leak into the building. It is possible though that at one point your pump may just not be able to handle things. If this is the case for you we can help you adjust.
Is Freezing Going To Be An Issue
Freezing can be one of the main problems that sump pumps are going to face. Maybe a couple of years back this is not something that we would have had to worry about here. If the weather is getting too cold you may want to make sure that you don’t have a lot of running water in your pipes overnight. This will elevate the chances of it freezing. Once you have this problem it is going to be hard to really recover.