Sneaky Signs Of Imminent Sump Pump Failure

If you live in a home with a basement or crawlspace that is prone to flooding, the sump pump is easily one of the most important things you have in the house. In the event of flooding, this nifty appliance jumps right in and starts pumping water out of the house or out of from beneath your house. Even though most sump pumps will last for many years, they will eventually need to be replaced. It can be an all out disaster when a sump pump fails unexpectedly, so it is best to get to know some of the common signs that your sump pumps is starting to fail. 

The sump pump motor is unusually loud.

Newer sump pumps are fairly quiet during operation so the function does not cause a disturbance to people inside the house. However, sump pumps that have seen their better days are often much louder than usual. You may start to notice that your pump is growing louder gradually, but in some cases the pump will just seem to get louder overnight. Either way, the noise is caused by a failing motor, so full on failure is probably in your near future.

The sump pump intermittently will not kick on as it should.

If your sump pump seems to have a mind of its own when it comes to pumping water, it is a good indicator that it is time for a replacement. Older sump pumps will start to have issues with the function switch, which is what kicks the pump's motor on when the float arms go up enough to indicate rising water levels. Even though the switch can be replaced on most sump pump models, doing so involves basically taking the whole system apart, which can easily lead to even more problems.

The sump pump runs, but it doesn't pump water as it should. 

If you obviously see or hear the pump running but there is little to no water output from the drainage lines outside, your pump is definitely having problems. A non-pumping sump pump (or a sump pump that just does not pump enough) is a sure fire sign that the impeller is wearing out. The impeller is responsible for pulling water through the inlet hose and pushing it out through the drainage line. Over time, this impeller gets worn and tattered, which makes it difficult for the pump to move water as quickly as it should. Visit for more information.