You probably know if you have a sump pump, they are usually fitted if your house has the potential to flood.
However, in reality, any home has the potential to flood; perhaps sump pumps should be fitted to all homes.
The Role Of The Sump Pump
A sump pump is usually located in a specially constructed pit below the basement. This makes it the lowest point of your home.
Should your home start to flood, the pump will sense the water collecting and activate immediately. It has an exit pipe that removes the water and pumps it away from the house, far enough away that it shouldn’t come straight back in.
The pump can be used in adverse weather or if a pipe bursts in your home. It needs to be connected to a power supply, this allows the sensor to detect water and turn the pump on.
Of course, you should check your sump pump regularly, if it is displaying any of the following 5 signs you may want to contact Rheem hot water repairs who’ll be able to resolve the issue quickly and effectively.
You need to periodically test your pump, the best way to do this is simply to pour water into the pit. If the pump fails to come on and there is power to it then you’re going to need a new one.
Basement refurbishments are becoming a popular way to gain space in your home without the hassle and expense of moving.
However, if you’re improving your basement this is a good time to replace your sump pump, you don’t want your hard work ruined if something does go wrong.
Have water in your basement
A fairly obvious sign that your sump pump needs replacing is if you have water in your basement and the pump isn’t doing anything.
It is possible the pipes are blocked but if the pump has been trying to run with blocked pipes it will have burned out its bearings, rendering it useless.
Use it every year and it’s past 10 years old
If you live n an area that has heavy rain or snow every year and your pump is an essential accessory, you may want to consider how old your pump is. In general, it’s a good idea to replace it after 10 years. Of course, you don’t have to but it will be important to monitor it and have it serviced more regularly than usual.
You don’t want to wake up knee deep in water wishing you’d replaced it.
Vibrations & noise
When your pump is vibrating more than normal or starts to make some funny noises you know it’s time to get professional assistance. It is possible that the pump can be repaired but you’ll need to consider the possibility and cost that it needs to be replaced.
Unfortunately, in many cases this is the more economical solution in the long term.