Know These Tell-Tale Signs That You Might Need A Sump Pump Replacement

Posted on: 11 February 2020


Do you have a basement in your home? If so, you likely have a sump pump. These pumps are a protective measure against basement flooding. They do not last indefinitely, which is why it is ideal to know key signals that can make you aware that you need to replace your pump. Proper maintenance, such as cleaning your sump pump, is an ideal way to extend its lifespan. The following points will help you notice signs that you may need to replace your pump. Ignoring these signs could cause property damage.

Frequent Cycling

Your sump pump will cycle on and off. However, if you notice that it is cycling on and off more frequently, it may be a sign that it needs replacement. Other issues that can cause frequent cycling are wiring issues. It could even be an electrical issue elsewhere in your home that is causing the phenomenon. Your sump pump has float switches. If one gets out of the correct position, it can cause the pump to cycle off and on at a faster than normal rate. This needs addressing because it can impact the life of the pump if it is not already worn out.


It would be great if sump pumps had a long lifespan. They can last for several years with proper care. However, homeowners need to know that a replacement service will come someday.

Brown Spots or Rust

If you notice brown around the pump, it could be due to rust. However, bacterial buildup can also create a brownish crust. If it is rust, the issue is likely related to corrosion. Bacteria are a sign that the pump needs to get cleaned as soon as possible. Both of these can impact your sump pump's performance.

Odd Noise

You may notice that your sump pump starts to make odd noises. This is usually a sign of a broken or loose component. An inspection can determine the actual cause and whether you need sump pump replacement. Ignoring the sounds might cause additional damage.

A plumber is a good resource to use to inspect your sump pump. They can also install a new pump if one is needed. Different types of sediment can get trapped in sump pumps and negatively impact their performance. Bacteria may also form a slimy sludge that needs to get cleaned to ensure that the pump's performance is not impacted.  If you do not have a sump pump water alarm installed, a plumber will probably recommend installing one to alert you if the water levels in your basement rise too high.