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3 Signs Your Sump Pump Needs Repair

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A leak in the average household accounts for almost 10,000 gallons of water wasted each year. Your sump pump exists to protect your home against flooding and water damage. When your sump pump detects an increase in water that could potentially lead to damage, it responds by pumping the excess water away. This protects your home, property, and your wallet. Although your sump pump is a fairly simple device, it, like most other protective devices in your home, requires regular maintenance to ensure it functions properly. Knowing when you need sump pump repair can help protect your home from water damage. If you notice any of these signs or another issue with your sump pump, you should call for immediate sump pump service.


Your sump pump is constantly being exposed to water. This means that it is susceptible to mold and mildew. So one of the first signs that you need sump pump repair is that nasty moldy/musty smell. If you start to notice that smell in your basement, particularly when you are near the sump pit, it’s a sign that you probably should call one of your local sump pump services. Addressing any issues with your sump pump promptly will help prevent the spread of mold or mildew as well as ensure that your sump pump will work properly.

The Switch

Sump pumps typically have a float or a switch that is prompted when excess water is detected in the sump pit. Therefore, your sump pump needs the switch device to send the signal to the pump for it to activate. If your switch or float gets stuck, your sump pump probably won’t work correctly, even if the water level rises in the pit. The easiest way to check your switch is to test the sump pump by pouring water and then making sure the pump activates. If the water level rises past but your sump pump doesn’t activate, you’re in need of sump pump repairs. Service providers can help get to the bottom of the issue that’s causing the faulty switch.


Often, sump pumps aren’t totally silent while working. However, it shouldn’t be making any loud noises. In fact, homeowners rarely notice when their sump pump is working properly due to the fact that these devices are relatively quiet. If you do notice very loud or odd sounds coming from your sump pump while conducting a test or while it is just functioning solo, you’re in need of some sump pump repair. These noises usually indicate mechanical problems that could lead to future pump failure. Which of course leaves your home at risk.

If you have further questions about your sump pump or its function, it never hurts to call your local plumber and ask questions.

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