Sump pump replacement eventually becomes necessary for most every Utah homeowner who has a basement or otherwise needs protection against flooding in and around the home.
Up to a point, you can continue to have your pump serviced and repaired as necessary. Eventually, however, you’ll have to face up to the fact that yours may be ready to give up the ghost.
That means, to avoid a potentially devastating flood, you’ll have to contact a plumber to have your pump replaced.
What Is a Sump Pump and Why Is It So Important?
In homes that have a basement, your pump is all that stands between you and a potentially devastating flood.
Installed independently of your regular plumbing system, sump pumps activate once their weighted float contacts water. A motor activates and pumps standing water up and out of the foundation space, away from the home.
Without this critical piece of equipment, ground water can accumulate and cause damage to your possessions as well as to flooring, drywall and structural components of your home.
How Often Should You Replace Your Sump Pump?
Some low-cost models that you purchase online or at the home improvement warehouse only carry a short warranty, which should serve as a warning that replacement is nigh. Manufacturers often base the duration of their warranty on how long they believe the product will last before it fails.
For professionally installed models or those purchased from a reputable manufacturer, you may get between seven and 10 years of reliable service. Beyond that, however, you may be asking for trouble.
What Are the Signs Your Sump Pump Needs to Be Replaced?
If you’re having to repair your pump frequently, this can be a good indication that you’re due for a replacement. You can’t risk having this important piece of equipment fail at your time of greatest need.
Keep your eyes and ears open for changes in your pump’s sound and appearance. For example, if the motor sounds like it’s struggling or if you see evidence of rust, it may be time to call a plumber. Likewise, if the pump’s motor runs irregularly, continuously or at inappropriate times, it may be time for a change.
Black Diamond Experts, with office locations in Ogden, Orem and Salt Lake City, can help you with all your residential plumbing needs. We serve customers throughout northern Utah and all the Wasatch Front, providing exceptional value and customer service. Contact us today to learn more or to request an estimate for Utah sump pump replacement and repair service.