“Should I Replace My Sump Pump?”
Funny as this may sound, your sump pump – an essential home plumbing device for many – performs the exact opposite function of most other plumbing. While just about everything else brings water into your home, a sump pump is responsible for pushing excess basement water out.
For one thing, that means it gets used less often than probably any other plumbing fixture or system you own. That, in turn, makes it easy to forget about, or at least pay every little attention to it. Still, when you need it, you really need it. That alone is reason enough to give it at least passing attention and, among other things, know the signs that it might need to be replaced or at least professional serviced.
- Its age. The normal effective lifespan of a sump pump is 10 years. If yours is at least that old, the prudent option is to have it professionally inspected to determine its fitness for even one more basement flooding episode.
- “Listen to the music.” Sump pumps have their own distinct humming/operating sound. Get used to the sound of yours so if, over time, it starts sounding choppy or otherwise erratic, you’ll know it needs to be inspected and perhaps either repaired or replaced.
- Keep your eye on the water. If, from one rain storm to the next, you notice water getting closer and closer to the top of the sump, you can fairly conclude that your pump is not working up to its original proficiency rating.
Remember this: the reason you have a sump pump at all is because you place a higher than average value on the structural integrity of your home and any personal belongings that could be in harm’s way from overflowing water. So, don’t leave things to chance if you have any reason to believe your sump pump has seen better days. Instead, contact the professionals at Clog Master so we can thoroughly inspect your sump pump and make any recommendations necessary to ensure your basement continues to be protected from incoming water and any resulting damage.