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A sump pump is a vital component of your crawl space or basement waterproofing system and actively prevents flooding. When water enters one of these areas, the sump pump draws it away from the foundation and propels it outside the home. A sump pump is critical in maintaining the health of your crawl space or basement, and when it comes time to replace it, there are several signs to look out for, as shown below. On average, sump pumps can last about 10 years. 

  1. The sump pump runs for a long time or runs continuously: Both of these signs could mean that the sump pump is no longer able to process the amount of water it is being forced to expel. If the sump pump takes a long time to clear a standard amount of water, or it continues to run even when no water is present, it is best to call an experienced plumber to investigate the issue. 
  2. The sump pump makes strange noises: If your sump pump is making grinding, rattling, or any other excessively loud noises when the motor is on, it may have a failing part which needs to be replaced. In some cases, a new unit might be the best investment. 
  3. The sump pump is old or showing signs of age: Sump pumps that are 7 years old or older are ready to be replaced, especially if the motor fails or they are showing signs of rust. 

Sump pumps are a vital component of your home’s plumbing system and when they fail, it can result in serious water damage to your basement or crawl space. Powell’s Plumbing offers sump pump repair and replacement, as well as battery backup kits for existing or new sump pumps to ensure they are always working, even if the power goes out. 

Is it time to replace your sump pump? Reach out to the professional team at Powell’s Plumbing in Winchester to schedule your appointment. We look forward to serving you and all your plumbing needs.

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