Does your sump pump need maintenance?
There are many signs your sump pump needs maintenance. If you notice any of the following, you should call to have your plumbing system serviced.
Smell – If there is an odor coming from your sump pump, it could mean there is an issue with the pump’s vents or seals, and this should be attended to immediately. An odor in your sump pump is often a major indication of a more serious problem, so if there is a bad smell you should call a plumber to come check your system.
Flooding – Flooding in your sump system is also a dangerous problem that needs immediate attention. If there is excess water in your sump there may be a clog or the pump may need to be replaced. Don’t wait to call a plumber to check your sump system if there is any excess water buildup.
Sound – If there are noises coming from your sump pump then that could indicate a serious problem in the system, including clogging (usually from dirt or sand) or other mechanical problems. Your sump pump should not make alarming noises, so if it starts rattling or humming at a louder volume than normal, you should call a plumber to make sure your system is working properly.
Routine maintenance of your sump system will ensure your house is waterproof and safe from water damage, which is especially important for homeowners living in damp climates and with basements susceptible to flooding.