A good sump pump truly makes a happy home – after all, you surely don't want to constantly have to worry about a basement flood. Especially when you live in a perpetually rainy area like the Pacific Northwest of the U.S., making sure your sump pump remains in working order is crucial.
How do you know when the time has come to get a new pump? Here are some key questions to ask so you stay dry this fall and all year long:
What kind of noise is the sump pump making?
There are good kinds of noise and bad kinds of noise when you're talking about sump pumps. As your pump works to push water out of your house, it should make a minimal amount of noise. If your machine is making a clanging sound or gurgling noise, you might want to check for exposed pipes or defective valves.
Is it struggling to get going when the water level rises?
The whole point of having a sump pump is to make sure your possessions aren't damaged by floodwaters during the rainy season. When the ground outside is wet but your sump pump struggles to operate, this is a key indication you might have to get a new one very soon.
Does it run constantly?
This issue may be the result of a defective float switch. Check the float switch by pulling on it. The pump should instantly activate. If it does not, it has gone bad. It may be more cost effective to replace the entire pump than to change out the switch.
When quick fixes aren't enough . . .
Your home sump pump should last about 5-8 years, depending on how often it has to run. If your pump is about that old – or even five to seven years – and you answered "yes" to some of the above questions, it might be time to invest in a new one.
Contact your local Seattle Roto-Rooter expert today to get a second opinion on the staying power of your current sump pump and to get more information about what kind to buy. When in doubt, get a licensed plumber on the line.