Even if your basement is a dry and clean place, you likely have some kind of sump pump installed. If this is the case, you need to know when it's time to replace your sump pump motor. This part is designed to last for many years, but there will come a time when it needs to be replaced.
Some sump pumps can last longer than 10 years, while others may not even last a year. You should always pay attention to any signs that your sump pump is starting to show its age, including:
The most common cause of failure is a problem with the motor, which can be caused by overload, overheating or simply wearing out over time. Other causes include:
A sump pump motor should last somewhere between five and ten years, depending on if it's plastic or cast iron.
The lifespan of a sump pump motor varies, depending on the type of motor you have. Cast iron motors generally last longer than plastic ones. If you have a cast iron motor, you can expect it to last anywhere from 5-7 years before needing replacement. If you have a plastic pump and it's been running well for the past five years or so, then chances are good that another five years will be in its future—but if there's any doubt about how long it's going to keep pumping, consult with your local contractor right away and get yourself set up with new equipment before disaster strikes.
You might also need to replace your sump pump if your home becomes flooded because your pump didn't trigger in time or didn't have enough power to keep up with the water.
If you don’t have a sump pump and your basement floods, you could end up with water damage. A flooded basement is not only expensive to repair but can also cause structural damage to your home. If you have a sump pump that doesn't work when needed, this could also result in a flood.
Your sump pump should be able to handle the water that comes into your basement through all of its open points (doors, windows) and from any leaks that develop in your pipes or walls. However, if it doesn't have enough power or gets triggered fast enough before all this water builds up in your basement—you'll end up with an overflowing drain system!
Other signs that you might have a problem include louder than average noise during operation, a hissing sound from the motor, unusual smells from the unit, or the float switch moving even when it shouldn't.
Checking your sump pump regularly is also important. In addition to the water level, you should check the float switch and motor regularly. The float switch should move when water is detected and the motor shouldn’t make a hissing sound when it's running. A loud motor can indicate trouble with either component or some other issue with the system itself.
Check your sump pump regularly to avoid a flood of water in your basement
One of the most important things you can do is check your sump pump regularly for leaks, clogs and water damage. This will help you avoid a flood in your basement by detecting any potential issues early on. If there are leaks or clogs, they should be repaired as soon as possible because these conditions can lead to problems with the pump itself. You should also look out for any signs of water damage on the walls of your basement or inside cabinets.
If you notice that there is a problem with either your sump pump or drain tile system it’s time to schedule an appointment with one of our local specialists at ASAP Plumbing, who will be able to provide expert advice on how best to proceed with repairs and replacements. We can get you back up and running again quickly but also take steps towards preventing future problems from happening again!
If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of needing to replace your sump pump, we hope that this article has helped you out. If you have any more questions or concerns, feel free to contact us here at ASAP Plumbing where we can help get your system up and running again!
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