There are many machines and devices throughout our home, whose purpose is to never be noticed. The sump pump is one such machine. It’s a device meant to drain any water from the underside of the building, whether this means just keeping the soil under the house nice and dry, or keeping the basement from outright flooding. But like many machines meant to not be thought about, when it starts breaking, you will notice very quickly. If you are wondering if you should start considering replacement sump pumps in Boston, here are the main telltale signs that you should probably get on that post-haste.
#1. On/off cycles
If you hear your sump pump frequently running and stopping in regular intervals, then that should be your first clue that something is wrong. They’re capable of turning themselves on and off again when needed (so that if your basement is already flooded, you don’t have to wade through the water to turn it on) so if it begins doing this erratically, there’s a malfunction. It’s probably either an issue with the float switch, power, or just a sign that it’s old and needs replacing.
On the flip side to this, if your sump pump won’t stop running for no apparent reason, then that is also a serious issue. This is a sign that the pump is unable to handle the water load it’s meant to, and that it’s time for a replacement.
#2. Distressing noises
Like any pump, sump pumps make a lot of noise when activated. However, if you begin hearing sounds from it akin to scratching, rattling, grinding, and so on, then there’s probably something wrong with the motor. And even if you don’t hear those particular noises, if the regular sounds it makes are louder than they typically are, then that’s a problem as well.
If you’ve moved into a new house with a basement, check the age of the sump pump. The general life of a sump pump is about 10 years. And that’s provided there aren’t any major problems along the way. For example, if you end up having to use it several times in a short time frame, that can drastically lower its lifespan.
If you’re suspecting that your sump pump is at the end of its rope, and need a replacement, contact the experts at Basement Technologies. Their trusted team of plumbers and repairmen can install your new sump pump in practically no time at all. Follow us on Google+.