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6 Signs Your Sump Pump Needs to Be Repaired

Posted by ADB Septic on February 16, 2018

sump pump repairYour sump pump is a tool used to prevent flooding in your basement and keep it dry. When your sump pump malfunctions, it can lead to a variety of issues. Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to tell when your sump pump is in need of repair, helping you prevent any serious damage to your property. Here are some of the signs that your sump pump needs to be repaired.


1. Improper Drainage

The easiest way to tell that your sump pump is not working properly and is in need of repair is that it’s failing to drain properly. When the water level in your basement rises faster than the water is being pumped out, it is typically a sign that the pump’s horsepower isn’t high enough to properly remove the water. When your pump is lacking in horsepower, it either needs to be repaired or replaced with a new, stronger unit.

2. Failing to Run

Your sump pump should turn on when it rains. If your sump pump is not turning on and running at the proper times, there is a chance that your switch has gotten stuck. It’s important to check your switch and make sure it hasn’t gotten stuck on anything. If your switch is stuck on something but your sump pump is not running properly, it is probably in need of repair. It’s important to address this issue early to avoid flooding when it rains.

3. Strange Noises

If your sump pump is making any sort of whining or moaning noises, it could be the sign of a problem. Other strange noises such as grinding, gurgling, or rattling are clear signs that your sump pump is not functioning the way it should. These noises are often a sign that your sump pump is breaking down and is need of repair or replacement. If your sump pump is making any noises that are concerning, it’s important to call in a professional to repair it before it breaks down completely.

4. Bad Odors

When your sump pump is not functioning properly, it will fail to keep your basement dry. One of the side effects of this issue is mold and mildew. In addition to the unsightly appearance of mold and mildew, it can often lead to bad odors filling your basement. It’s important to address these issues right away because these odors can cause not only discomfort, but health problems as well.

5. Signs of Aging

As your sump pump gets older, it will start needing repairs. In addition to improper drainage, your sump pump can begin to rust over time. Rust is not only unsightly, but can also hinder the functionality of the sump pump. If your sump pump shows any signs of aging, it’s important to keep a close eye on it to avoid a total breakdown of your sump pump.

6. No Water in the Sump Pit

If your sump pump appears to be running but there is no water in the sump pit, there is a clear problem. This issue could indicate that the sump pump has not been installed properly. It could also be a sign that there is a clog somewhere within the sump pump. If your sump pump is running but not functioning properly, it’s important to disconnect it and call for a repair to avoid severe damage to your property or sump pump.


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