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close up view of a sump pump

If any water gets into the basement, a sump pump is in place to prevent backups and flooding. The pump pulls the water away from your foundation, and it is a critical component of your building for maintaining structural integrity. While handy, sump pumps do not last forever. Eventually, you will start to see multiple sump pump issues telling you it is time to replace your unit. Typically, you can expect to replace yours about every ten years; even with regular maintenance.

When to Call a Plumber for Your Sump Pump Issues

Your sump pump gives off certain warning signs that it is time for new plumbing in your Burlington home or commercial building. Taking action quickly to repair or replace your unit will help you avoid serious plumbing issues in the future. What are the signs it is time for a new sump pump? Here are some of the main ones to look out for:

  • Excessive Vibrations from the Unit: The sump pump relies heavily on its impeller, which draws water in and out of the basement. Debris often gets into the impeller along with water, which damages it. Eventually, the damage leads to vibrations. While you could repair the impeller, it may be more cost-effective to replace the pump.

  • Frequent Power Outages: Your sump pump is wired into your home’s electrical system. During power surges, your sump pump is at risk for damage. If you have frequent power outages, your sump pump should be inspected. Consider installing a whole home power surge protector afterward so that you can avoid damaging items in the future.

  • Rust: Rust is a definite sign that it is time to replace your pump. Any signs of rust on the battery terminals and other components will disrupt water flow and make your pump ineffective.

  • Loud Noises: Any odd or unusually loud noises should be inspected because broken or damaged components often cause these problems.

  • Motor Problems: Once the motor of your sump pump starts to fail, you will need to replace the entire unit. You can avoid this by having a plumber install a filter, which prevents sediment from being sucked into the motor. Also, the filter will need cleaning periodically.

  • Running Too Long: Either you have too much water for the model of a sump pump in your basement, or the pump has faulty wiring. Regardless, if your sump pump runs for long periods, consider an upgrade after your current one has been used extensively.

If your home or commercial sump pump is giving off the warning signs for replacement, Pitton Plumbing can help. We offer residential and commercial plumbing in Burlington, including sump pump repair and replacement. Contact Pitton Plumbing today for all your sump pump concerns. Call us at 1-800-499-4184 or contact us online to inquire more about our plumbing services.


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