Sump pumps. If you own a home that has one, chances are that you've at least heard that term bantered around before. It's also likely, though, that you haven't had many interactions with it or even thought about it since you bought your home.


What is a Sump Pump?

While it's a crucial component within the plumbing system of many of today's homes, it's likely that you don't interact with it too much on a regular basis. 


One issue is that a sump pump is a separate entity from the main plumbing system in a home. This might mean that it is tucked away from the other components in an area that isn't very well traveled, such as your basement. The other issue is that -- unlike most plumbing components -- a sump pump doesn't move water throughout the home so it can be used in washing, drinking, cooking and other daily tasks. Instead, a sump pump's job is to prevent unwanted water from entering your home. It does so by removing the storm water that finds itself under your house. This prevents flooding which can be catastrophic and lead to expensive repair costs. 


Signs That Your Sump Pump Needs to be Replaced

Like many other household components, there are often signs that your sump pump might be working less than optimally.

  • Sounds

It's important to get to know how your sump pump typically sounds when it is operating normally. Being aware of changes in the sounds it makes as it collects water could clue you in to an issue. 

  • Observe

If your sump pump is not able to handle the water that is coming it and it reaches the top, it needs immediate service. The same is true if your basement is flooding. 

  • Age

Your sump pump won't last forever so you need to know how old it is. If it is more than ten years old, you should consider replacing it sooner rather than later. 


If you have questions about your sump pump, call the experienced professionals at Steve's Plumbing and Heating. They service Steven's Point, WI, Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Marshfield, WI and the surrounding areas.