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When is it Time to Replace Your Sump Pump?

September 13, 2021 When-is-it-Time-to-Replace-Your-Sump-Pump

Most things aren’t built to last forever. As a homeowner, you might know this all too well. And the need for new home appliances might be more obvious for some than for others. So, how do you know when it’s time to replace your sump pump? Hanson’s has the information you need to make that decision.

Sump Pumps

Depending on where you live and the layout of the terrain, your home may or may not need a sump pump. This device helps remove water to keep the lowest parts of your home from flooding.

When the ground around your home becomes soaked from heavy rains or melting snow, the overabundance of water collects in a sump pit. As the water level rises, the float switch activates the pump to drain the water out of and away from the home and its foundation.

In addition to protection from flooding, a sump pump also helps prevent mold and mildew growth, preserves the integrity of the foundation, and shields basement appliances like the washer and dryer from corrosion.

A sump pump should last about 7 to 10 years, depending on how often it runs and how much water it pumps. Have the pump inspected by a professional plumber to ensure it’s functioning property. At some point, though, you most likely will need a new one.


Aside from the obvious wet floor, loud noises can be indicators that something is wrong – and that it may be time to replace your sump pump. Worn, damaged, or loose parts can cause strange sounds within the sump pump. If you hear grinding or rattling, something may be jammed in the impeller fan or its blades.

What’s more, excessive vibration from the sump pump during its operation may mean the impellers are out of balance. This may just be the start of additional issues, so it’s good to have an experienced plumber assess any noises you hear coming from your sump pump. He or she can determine if the pump can be repaired or if replacement is in order.


Strange as it seems, the less frequently you use your sump pump the more likely it is to operate less effectively and possibly die out sooner. One way to keep things moving is to regularly test the pump. This will give you an idea of any potential issues so that you can address them before it’s too late.

On the other hand, cycling too often can also mean there’s a problem. If the pump turns on and off frequently, it could indicate a short in the wiring. Or the pump’s float switch may be incorrectly set, causing it to turn on earlier than needed. Again, a trusted technician can help determine the issue and offer practical solutions or possibly replacement.


Again, sump pumps aren’t designed to last more than a decade or so. If your pump is getting on in age, you might want to consider replacing it. You’ll be safeguarding your home and valuables from potential water damage while giving yourself invaluable peace of mind.

Additionally, visible rust is a sure sign of deterioration. And sometimes the rust may not even be rust but rather a type of bacteria. This “iron bacteria” can, in some situations, clog your drain system or otherwise affect water movement. Once this happens, replacing the sump pump is a good option to restore the water flow and your confidence.

Count on Hanson’s

Rely on the experienced team at Hanson’s to keep your basement dry and safe from water damage or expensive repairs. Schedule an inspection and stay protected. You may never know for sure when it is time to replace your sump pump, but Hanson’s is here to help, any time. We’ll provide answers to all your questions and offer the most effective plumbing solutions for your home and budget. Contact us today.

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