If you have a sump pump in your basement or crawlspace, it can only protect your property from excess water if it is working properly. While most sump pumps last about 10 years after being properly installed, you should always keep your eyes and ears open to the possibility that you will need sump pump repair.
Here are some symptoms that your sump pump is not working as it should and that you should contact a qualified plumber for sump pump repair sooner rather than later:
- New or louder noises: One of the most common sump pump repair issues is that a gear in the pump stops working properly. This can lead to new or louder noises like thudding, rattling, gurgling or grinding. While every sump pump makes some noise while running, if you notice new noises, it is time to get your sump pump checked out.
- Unpleasant smells: Sometimes, a dirty or clogged sump pump can start giving off an unpleasant mold or mildew smell. Professional cleaning and maintenance usually take care of this problem.
- Sump pump not cutting on: If the switch is faulty or the floating mechanism stops working properly, your sump pump will stop cutting on. If the sump pump won’t turn on, you may end up with flooding in your basement or crawlspace.
- Sump pump running for longer each cycle: This may be a sign that your sump pump is struggling to remove the water. It may be low on power for some reason or need other maintenance.
Getting sump pump repair when you need it will increase the lifespan of your sump pump and protect you from the expense of water damage under your home or business.