A flooded basement is enough to keep any homeowner up at night! If you find this to be your worst nightmare, there are ways to prevent frightening flooding. Before you look into the possibility of basement waterproofing your home, first see if your sump pump needs some attention. Here are some indicators that’ll let you know your sump pump needs to be replaced.
Your Basement Turns Into a Pond
Sump pumps are designed to keep all groundwater out of our homes and can be detrimental if it’s not doing its job, especially during periods of heavy rain or melting snow. Problems such as costly water damage repairs and the unfortunate growth of mold in your home can start to surface, taking a toll on both your wallet and your health. A new sump pump may be needed if your basement is now an ecosystem.
Your Sump Pump Reaches the 10 Year Mark
Most sump pumps become a dud after a decade. Keeping track of old your sump pump is serves as a good way to know when it’s time for a replacement. If you’re moving into a new home and are unsure of the age of your sump pump, it’s worth looking into its life expectancy. Sump pump installations are a simple process that you definitely want to stay on top of before it becomes an emergency.
When Monthly Sump Pump Checkups Are Nonexistent in Your Schedule
The same way your car requires checking its fluids and tires, your sump pump has similar demands. Build up of dirt, leaves and other debris in your sump pump can severely affect its performance. An overworked sump pump can create issues down the line if the motor is the wrong size when there’s an excess of groundwater outside of your home. Worn sump pumps can result in foundation repairs if ignored for too long.
Sump Pumps run on electricity from your home. If your pump isn’t plugging in properly to your home’s power source, it may be time to consider getting a new sump pump that will be dependable. If your area is prone to constant power outages, your sump pump is at risk of being unreliable in combating floods. Luckily, there are various types of sump pumps that have battery operated backups for these situations. Consider replacing your pump with one of these options if this applies to you!
Don’t let the horrors of flooded basements turn into a reality. Our team at Rhino Waterproofing Solutions encourage you to be aware of the symptoms of a sump pump in need of a replacement. Contact us today if you find that it’s about that time!