Your sump pump is essential to keeping your basement dry during periods of rain, melting winter snow, and other flooding emergencies. Without it, your basement waterproofing system simply won’t have any way to get the water out. Many people don’t notice that their sump pump is malfunctioning until it stops working so severely that there is water in the basement. At that point, it is already a huge issue. Luckily, it is easy to check that your sump pump is working well if you keep an eye out for these signs.
Most sump pumps are not overly loud, and if they do make noises, you’ve probably heard them every time it runs. If your sump pump whines, moans, or otherwise makes a strange sound that it hasn’t made before, you need to have it checked out by a professional. New noises are often a sign that an appliance is wearing out or breaking down.
If your sump pump is failing, it likely isn’t pumping all of the water out of your basement as quickly as it should. This can lead to mold and mildew growth that can cause odors in your basement. If mold and mildew smells are becoming an issue, they are more than just a nuisance – they can cause health concerns too.
Failure to Run or Drain
If your sump pump isn’t running when it rains, you likely have an issue, even if it isn’t resulting in flooding. Sometimes pumps fail to run when the switch gets stuck, but that is not the only reason. If you notice that the pump isn’t turning on when it should, you need to have the sump pump checked out. Likewise, if the sump pump is working, but it isn’t draining the water as fast as it comes in, or if it is relying on your backup when it shouldn’t, that is a sign that it needs to be checked and serviced.
Running When Dry
Finally, if the pump is running when there isn’t any water to pump out, it could be a sign of an issue, specifically an incorrect pump installation. It might also indicate that there is a clog somewhere in the pump. You should disconnect the pump and have someone come check to make sure it is safe to use.
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Metcalf Plumbing is a customer-focused plumbing contractor serving residential and commercial clients throughout the Catonsville, Ellicott City and surrounding areas. From water heater installation, sump pump installation and repair to water and sewer line replacement, Metcalf Plumbing is a trusted resource to call on when you need help with your plumbing services. We are not commission-based and we provide honest, upfront costs with a thorough inspection of your system and suggested next steps. Our trained and courteous technicians are standing by to provide quality comfort at competitive prices. You can call us at 410-242-311 and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!