A sump pump is a critical piece of equipment designed to prevent water accumulation in basements, crawl spaces, and other low-lying areas of your property. By efficiently averting water accumulation, it effectively mitigates the risks of water damage, mold infestations, and structural deterioration. However, like any device, a sump pump requires regular maintenance to function optimally.
Determining the Frequency of Sump Pump Servicing
We recommend having your sump pump inspected every 3-4 months and serviced at least once a year. However, the frequency of sump pump service is contingent on several factors.
Age of the Pump
A sump pump can last about 10 years. However, pumps older than 10 years may need more frequent attention — bi-annual or even quarterly check-ups — to guard against breakdowns.
A pump that operates almost daily due to a high water table or a rainy climate may need frequent inspections. Conversely, pumps that operate less frequently may get by with annual service.
Finally, environmental factors, like local weather conditions and soil composition, have a significant impact on your pump’s service frequency. Pumps in regions with heavy rainfall or those surrounded by soil with a high clay composition may need servicing at least twice a year.
Signs That Your Sump Pump Needs Servicing
There are indications that your equipment should be looked at by a professional.
Sump pumps are typically quiet during operation. However, if you start to hear strange or loud noises coming from your pump, this could signal worn or damaged components.
A sump pump should not run continuously. If your pump runs non-stop, even in dry conditions, it could signify a switch problem or a malfunctioning float. A professional should address this issue promptly to avoid motor burnout.
If your sump pump is cycling on and off erratically, this could mean a problem with the float switch, a power issue, or incorrectly sized equipment. Frequent cycling can cause premature wear and tear on the pump and should be assessed immediately.
Have Your Sump Pump Inspected Today!
For those residing in Bozeman, Belgrade, or surrounding areas, don’t wait until it’s too late to have your sump pump serviced! Our team not only specializes in sump pump maintenance but also offers a wide range of other plumbing services, including plumbing installation, drain cleaning, and in-floor heating. Call PJ's Plumbing & Heating today for prompt service and peace of mind!