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One of the key systems for a home is drainage. Making sure water is kept away from the foundation is imperative to the maintenance of your home. Many homes have sump pumps, but depending on the location of your home and water tables, it may not run regularly or at all.
You'll know when your sump pump has stopped working because you'll have an abundance of moisture in your basement. This moisture can cause all kinds of problems including, but not limited to, damaging personal belongings and finished basements, along with causing mold or mildew problems. The latter can eventually lead to severe health issues.
Signs It Needs Repair
It may be time to replace or repair your sump pump if any of these conditions occur:
Seven years old or older
Gets stuck sometimes
Installed by the builder (builders notoriously use the cheapest pumps on the market)
Makes strange noises
Vibrates excessively when running
Hasn't run since it last rained
In some of these cases, the cost of replacing the pump may actually be less expensive than trying to repair it.
Sump Pump Wiring
Your sump pump could also have stopped working because the wiring has failed. Most sump pumps are wired into your home's electrical system. We always recommend a power backup in case you lose power during a storm or flooding conditions to make sure you never have a flood in your basement. Your contractor can talk to you about adding a backup system if this is something you'd be interested in.
Sump Pump Maintenance
To ensure that your pump will work when you need it, you should hire a contractor to come and do scheduled maintenance. The contractor will normally fill the sump pit with water to make sure your pump is operating properly by discharging water and checking the float. Then they will clean the air hole in the sump pump's discharge line and listen for any noises coming from the motor. They will replace the battery on the backup sump pump if needed.
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