When Should Homeowners Have Their Sump Pump Serviced?

Mahon Plumbing Sump Pump Serviced

Having your sump pump serviced is necessary on a regular basis to ensure it continues to operate appropriately.

A sump pump is a critical component in many homes, particularly in areas prone to heavy rainfall or flooding. It protects basements and crawl spaces from water damage by pumping out accumulated water and directing it away from the home’s foundation. Like any other appliance, a sump pump requires regular maintenance to ensure it operates effectively when needed. But how often should homeowners have their sump pump serviced? Let’s explore the key factors and best practices for maintaining a sump pump.

Understanding the Role of a Sump Pump

Before delving into maintenance schedules, it’s important to understand the role of a sump pump. Installed in the lowest part of a basement or crawl space, the sump pump sits in a specially constructed pit, called a sump basin. When water collects in this pit, the pump activates and expels the water through pipes leading away from the home, usually to a storm drain or dry well.

Without a functioning sump pump, water can accumulate and lead to a host of problems, including structural damage, mold growth, and ruined belongings. Given its critical role, ensuring the sump pump is always in working condition is essential.

General Maintenance Schedule

For most homeowners, it’s advisable to have their sump pump serviced at least once a year. This annual check-up can help identify any issues early and ensure the pump is ready to handle any potential water influx. However, certain conditions may necessitate more frequent servicing:

  • High Water Table Areas: Homes located in regions with a high water table may experience more frequent water accumulation. In such cases, bi-annual servicing (once in the spring and once in the fall) can provide extra peace of mind.
  • Frequent Heavy Rainfall: If your area is prone to heavy rains, especially during certain seasons, it’s wise to inspect and service the sump pump before the onset of these periods. For instance, late winter or early spring is often a good time to ensure the pump is ready for melting snow and spring rains.
  • Recent Flooding Events: After a significant flooding event, it’s crucial to inspect and service the sump pump. Even if it appeared to work fine during the flood, the strain might have caused wear and tear that isn’t immediately obvious.

Signs Your Sump Pump Needs Immediate Attention

Beyond the regular maintenance schedule, certain signs indicate that your sump pump needs immediate servicing:

  • Unusual Noises: Grinding, rattling, or other unusual sounds coming from the pump can indicate mechanical issues.
  • Constant Running: If the sump pump runs continuously, even in dry conditions, it might be stuck or have a malfunctioning switch.
  • Visible Rust or Corrosion: These signs can indicate that the pump is nearing the end of its lifespan or has been exposed to corrosive elements.
  • Power Issues: If the pump loses power frequently or doesn’t turn on, it may be time for a professional inspection.

Call Mahon Plumbing Today

If you still have more questions regarding your plumbing, we here at Mahon Plumbing are here to help. We have been serving the wider Baltimore area since 1994, so we have 25 years of experience to back up our fantastic service! Call us at our Baltimore location at 410-766-8566 or our Pasadena location at 410-636-7944. Be sure to keep up with us on social media by following us on Facebook or Twitter.

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