Your sump pump is an essential part of your home plumbing, although is it not on the main plumbing system. Many home owners overlook these pumps, finding out that a pump has failed when they need it most. Learn why sump pumps are so important and how to tell when it’s time to replace yours.

What is a Sump Pump?

Most commonly installed in the basement, a sump pump is a pump that removes water collected in a sump basin and diverts it into the municipal storm drain. They come in two main styles: Submersible, which lies inside the sump basin, and pedestal, which sticks out from the basin.

These pumps play a key role in keeping basements dry and preventing flooding, by removing storm water from underneath the home. If your sump pump is not working properly, items stored in the basement could become damaged after a storm. Your home may need mold remediation.

Signs You May Need a New Sump Pump

Age is a prime indicator that a sump pump may fail. If your sump pump is more than 10 years old, consider replacing it for peace of mind.

As a general rule, get to know how your sump pump works so you can tell when it’s starting to fail. Sump pumps make a sound when water begins to collect. If you hear new noises coming from your sump pump, it could spell a problem.

If water begins to collect in the pump and you do not hear the pump working, you may have a problem. If water reaches the top of the basin and begins to flood into your basement, it’s time for immediate repair or replacement.

A plumber can come out and inspect your sump pump, making repairs or replacement. If the plumber recommends replacement, ask them to tie the sump pump into your home plumbing as a best practice.

Paying for repair or replacement of a sump pump is money well spent. This pump may be the only thing standing in between your stored valuables and dirty storm water.