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Sump Pump Replacement: What You Need To Know

The best time to replace your sump pump is before it fails. So, if the sump pump in your basement isn’t kicking on, or if you notice anything unusual, such as mold or mildew smell or loud noises, it may be time to replace the unit. Additionally, if your pump is more than 10 years old, the typical lifespan of these devices, it may need to be replaced.

Roto-Rooter plumbers are experts at sump pump repairs and maintenance, as well as sump pump installation. Here are some things to consider when it comes to sump pump replacement.

If the type of sump pump you had before was effective, the best solution may be to replace it with a similar model. The standard sump pump is 1/3-horsepower, which is powerful enough to remove 1,800 to 2,200 gallons of water per hour. 

Most submersible pump sits down in a sump crock that is placed in a hole cut into the floor of your basement or crawlspace. It is fully submerged in the sump pit, and the motor is contained in a sealed, waterproof housing. When water around it rises to a set level, the pump turns on, flushing water out through piping that runs outside and away from the house. 

A pedestal pump features the motor on a stand a few feet above the water. Only the impeller (the part of the pump that pushes the water) is down inside the pit. Because the motor on this type of unit stays pretty dry, a pedestal pump may last longer.

Since storms that produce flooding often knock out power, your unit might not work when you need it most, unless you have a backup system. There are a couple of options for a backup system:

  • A second sump pump that is battery-powered is also a possible option. An advantage to this type of back-up is that it kicks on not only during power outages, but also if the primary pump breaks down or needs help with an extreme flood.
  • A venturi pump is a city water powered sump pump operates off of the city water pressure and therefore, does not use any electricity in the event of a power outage.

Like any equipment with moving parts, sump pumps will wear out over time and will need to be replaced. There is no general rule on how often a sump pump should be replaced. It really depends on how often the pump operates.

If you do need a sump pump replaced, the installation can be a do-it-yourself project. However, it is probably best if you hire a professional to do the Job. If your sump pump is not working, call in the experts at Roto-Rooter to assess the situation. We can help with sump pump repairs or basement water damage that has occurred due to a broken sump pump. We also specialize in sump pump installation should you need a new unit and backup sump pump installation.

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