Like it or not, it’s a fact of homeownership that appliances will need to be replaced at some point. And there is one home system the team at Sabre Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning recommends replacing before it fails: your sump pump.

Without a reliable sump pump, most homes have at least some risk of damp conditions or flooding, especially after heavy rains or excessive snowmelt. Even the smallest amount of water in the basement can cause costly damage to your home’s foundation. That’s why it’s important to know the warning signs that your sump pump may be getting ready to call it quits.

Keep an Eye on These Indicators

Know the five warning signs before your sump pump failsIt turns on and off—a lot. Frequent cycling on and off is a telltale sign that your sump pump isn’t working correctly. While the problem could be as simple as adjusting the float switch, this also happens when the unit can’t keep up with the volume of water accumulating in the basin. A sump pump that runs inefficiently will strain the motor and burn out faster.

It runs all the time. Along those same lines, running continuously is another sign your sump pump is in trouble. If you notice it’s running more often, it may already be failing and unable to move water effectively. Especially if it’s running for no clear reason—such as during periods of rain or thawing.

It’s noisy. If you hear a lot of noise coming from that area of your basement, it’s best to check things out. The only noise a sump pump should make is a low humming sound when it’s running and a very faint “thud” when it turns off. Anything louder than that could mean the motor is on its way out. Similarly, a rattling or grinding noise could mean the fan that pulls water into the pump is jammed, damaged, or failing.

It no longer removes water. If the sump pump isn’t removing water and you notice pooling in the pit, you may need a new or higher capacity pump. To test your system’s ability to remove water, pour a bucket of water into the pit. A properly functioning sump pump should work without any problem.

It’s more than seven years old. The average lifespan of a sump pump is seven to 10 years. If your sump pump falls somewhere in that range, it’s a good idea to begin researching a replacement. Have questions? Not sure which sump pump is right for your home? Just as you’ve trusted our Bryant® technicians to answer your heating and cooling questions, you can trust Sabre’s licensed plumbers to help you with all your plumbing needs—including help selecting and installing the right sump pump to protect your home from water damage.

Leave Your Sump Pump Worries to Us

To keep your current or new sump pump running as it should, ask us about our Sabre Blue Maintenance Program. It provides you with regular checkups of your home’s plumbing, as well as annual heating and cooling service. And should you encounter a plumbing emergency, like a failed sump pump or broken pipe, our team is available 24 hours a day to help.