Signs That Your Sump Pump is Not Working

Understanding the Significance of Sump PumpsAt EcoSpect, we believe in safeguarding your home from potential water damage, and sump pumps play a crucial role in achieving this. Living in the beautiful Finger Lakes region, we know how unpredictable weather patterns can lead to sudden storms and heavy rainfall. When water accumulates around your basement, it can seep into the foundation, causing costly structural damage and mold growth.A sump pump is a powerful tool that efficiently removes excess water from the sump basin, redirecting it away from your home's foundation. It acts as a reliable defense against basement flooding, giving you peace of mind and protecting your property from potential hazards.

Signs That Your Sump Pump May Have Issues or Need Replacing

Below, we’ll detail the many alerts that you may experience when your sump pump may need servicing or replacing. Don’t worry, we are the experts in terms of all things sump pump, so should you be encountering any of the following, we are ready to help you! Check out common sump pump issues below.

  1. Unusual Noises: While sump pumps do make noises while functioning properly, there might be something wrong if your sump pump is making strange noises that you haven’t heard it make before. Unusual noises could indicate a number of problems, several of which we will cover in more detail below. If you do hear noises, it is essential to keep an eye on the sump pump to make sure it is operating properly. Should you notice that water starts to accumulate more than normal or the noises persist, don’t hesitate to give EcoSpect a call.
  2. Excess Water: Even a functioning sump pump could occasionally be unable to handle a strong water flow in your basement. This could be a hint that you need to replace your current sump pump. If you notice excess water building up in your basement or around your sump pump, call EcoSpect so that we can come assess your situation. Your current sump pump system may simply need servicing that we are able to help with, as well.
  3. Constantly Running Sump Pump: A constantly running sump pump is going to wear the machine down a much quicker than normal. If you just experienced heavy rains or a long, snowy winter, it may make sense for the sump pump to run without stopping for a period of time. However, if that short period of time turns into a longer period of time, or there hasn't been an unusual amount of water fall, then there's a good chance the sump pump is not working correctly and that you should call EcoSpect.
  4. Extended Life (Over 10 Years Old): Sump pumps, much like all other home products and tools, have a shelf life and a finite lifespan. In general, and typically, sump pumps last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. Even when properly cared for and maintained, continual use, and wear and tear makes these machines deteriorate. Don’t worry, this can be resolved easily by replacing them and we are the experts in doing so.
  5. Improperly Installed Sump Pump: Perhaps you just purchased your home and moved in, only to find after the first heavy rain that your sump pump isn’t working correctly. Your sump pump may have been installed incorrectly from the get-go. Not to worry. We see this regularly and can implore our expertise to fix this for you and ensure that you have a fully functional and properly installed sump pump system.
  6. Your Float Function Isn’t Working: A float that is included with sump pumps instructs the system when to activate and flush water out. If such a system is malfunctioning, the sump pump won't operate and water will not be flushed from your basement. If your sump pump won't come on, there could be a number of additional problems, such as an electrical or power issue.
  7. Consistent Repairs: While we are always happy to help you in making repairs to your sump pump system, should we notice the same repairs happening continually, we may recommend that you replace your system as a whole due to condition, age, wear, etc. In this instance, we will help you to become aware of all of the options and services that we provide. We can also help you to decide which new system best suits you, your home, and your family’s needs.

Troubleshooting and Maintenance

If you do notice any of the above signs of issues with your sump pump system, fear not. At EcoSpect, we are highly trained and knowledgeable on how to remedy and deal with each and every one. Simply reach out to us via our contact sheet below, by phone, or email.We should also mention that regular maintenance is vital to ensure your sump pump continues to function efficiently. At EcoSpect, we recommend the following maintenance tips to prolong the lifespan of your sump pump:

  1. Routine Checkups: The EcoSpect team advises scheduling routine inspections to keep your sump pump functioning optimally. Our professionals will evaluate the pump, look for wear and tear, and carry out any required maintenance procedures during these regular checkups. We can stop any possible problems from developing into larger ones later on by spotting them early on.
  2. Clearing Debris and Blockages: As mentioned above, one of the issues that you may encounter with your sump pump systems is blockages. Debris and blockages can impede your sump pump's effectiveness. Our technicians will routinely clear the discharge pipe and intake screen, ensuring smooth water flow and preventing potential issues. By keeping the pump's components clean and clear of obstructions, we maintain its optimal performance and longevity.
  3. Battery Backup System Maintenance: Also mentioned above, sump pump systems make use of battery backup systems in the event of a power outage during flooding or heavy rain. Our experts will help you choose and install the right battery backup system with your sump pump to provide continuous protection for your home. These systems also need maintenance and checking which we are proud to provide.

The EcoSpect Difference: Expert Sump Pump Installations

At EcoSpect, we take immense pride in our expertise and dedication to customer satisfaction. Our experienced team of professionals is well-versed in the complexities of sump pump installations, ensuring seamless and reliable performance. When you choose EcoSpect for your sump pump needs, you can expect the following benefits:

  1. Personalized Consultation: We believe that every home is unique, and your basement water control needs may differ from others. That's why we offer personalized consultations, where our experts assess your property, take into account your specific requirements, and recommend the most suitable sump pump solution for your home. We understand that the right sump pump choice can make a significant difference in protecting your property, and our personalized approach ensures that you get the best solution tailored to your needs.
  2. High-Quality Sump Pumps: At EcoSpect, we only work with top-quality sump pump brands known for their reliability and durability. We believe that using the best products is key to ensuring the long-term efficiency of your sump pump. When you choose EcoSpect for your sump pump installation, you can rest assured that we are committed to excellence, providing you with a sump pump that will perform optimally, protecting your home for years to come.
  3. Professional Installation: Our skilled technicians are well-trained in the intricacies of sump pump installations. We understand that the proper installation of your sump pump is crucial to its performance. With EcoSpect, you can be confident that your sump pump will be installed with precision and attention to detail, ensuring seamless functionality and optimal performance. Our commitment to professional installation guarantees that your sump pump operates at its best when you need it most.

Sump pumps are essential for safeguarding your home from basement flooding and water damage. At EcoSpect, we are your trusted sump pump installation experts in the Finger Lakes region, offering personalized consultations, top-quality installations, and prompt solutions to common sump pump issues. With our commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction, we are confident that our comprehensive guide will help you to establish EcoSpect as the go-to authority for all your basement water control needs. Don’t hesitate to reach out today for all of your sump pump needs!