Problems with drainage systems are more common than you think. In 2013, when there was a severe ice storm in Canada, the full amount of money homeowners spent to fix drainage problems was $225 million dollars. Half of those problems were due to sump pump malfunction.
There are some symptoms for sump pump leaks. You should carefully look around your basement before the situation gets more complicated and requires more expenses for fixing.
A sump pump is a part of a basement waterproofing mechanism. It has the task to pump out rain or ground water out of your basement. Some models have check valves which prevents the thrown-out water from getting back in the sump pit.
With time, the valve can start to leak due to age or loose pipe connection. Also sump pumps do not work if the power is out. If your area has frequent storms and power cuts then you should install a backup power system.
A common reason for sump pump to leak and fail is old age. They have a 10-year average life span and with time some mechanical parts can become faulty which almost always lead to clogs. With a clogged sump pump, water won’t flow properly out of your home and may cause severe basement leaks and cracks.
Clogs can also happen due to collecting of debris and dirt in your sump pump. This happens less often for sump pumps that have lids on top of them. A great indicator for clogs is less or slower water pumping.
Try to listen to your sump pump, if it makes unusual load noises like thuds, rattling, grinding and gurgling then chances are it is leaking or broken. Sometimes the motor of the pump is broken and the problem can be easily fixed just by motor replacement.
An indicator for sump pump problems also is non-stop running. This may occur because of leaky or faulty valves, improper installation or outside sources as underground springs.
Usually sump pump problems can be easily fixed. Sometimes the cause of your problem may not be a sump pump; but a weeping tile or a broken pipe. The most common solutions out there are valve replacement, sump pump replacement, weeping tile replacement, installing a second pump in your basement and installing a back-up power source. Whatever you decide, remember to continue proper maintenance and cleaning of your sump pump. This expands its life span and guarantees more functionality.