Signs Your Sump Pump Needs Maintenance

Tai Irwin
9 May 2013

BY Tai Irwin / 0 Comments

Maintaining Your Sump Pump: 3 Signs That It’s Time for Maintenance

Signs Your Sump Pump Needs MaintenanceYour sump pump works hard to make sure that your basement stays dry. To keep water out of the basement your sump pump is constantly moving groundwater from rain and snow. However, like most other things in your home sump pumps require routine maintenance to ensure they stay in good working order. If your sump pump is not in good working order, water will start to flood into the sump pit eventually flooding your basement, placing your belongings and any drywall at risk for water damage.

For many people, they have no idea there is a problem with their sump pump until it is too late. This is why it is important to know the warning signs of sump pump trouble. There are three main warning signs for sump pump trouble and if you experience any of them, it is time to call a plumber.

The most common sign is noise. A sump pump that is having problems will make noise that can often be so loud it is often heard throughout the house. Most likely, the problem is dirt and debris that gets caught in the system and clogs the impeller. If left for too long, the clogged impeller will ruin the pump thus leaving the water to run unchecked into your basement. If you hear any noise, even if it is just a little one, you should call a plumber immediately.

The second most common sign is rising water. The purpose of a sump pump is to keep water out of your basement. If the pump has broken down or is not working properly, you will see water begin to appear in your basement. If you see any water in your basement, you should call a plumber immediately. Although the fix maybe simple, it is important that a plumber come out immediately to inspect the situation.

Finally, homeowners should be aware of any odd smells that are not common to your basement. If you start to notice odd smells consuming your home, even if your sump pump is running, you should call a plumber immediately. You should have the entire system checked for any problems. It is important that a plumber is called immediately as bacteria and germs could leak into your home.

If you’re in need of Sump Pump Installation or Repair Services in the North Shore areas, call us at 02 9451-1863 and set up an appointment today!