Your sump pump is critical to keeping unwanted water out of your home. Water entering through your foundation can lead to mold and bacteria that can damage your belongings as well as your health. Making sure you have a functional sump pump can ensure this doesn’t happen. But if it is otherwise in good condition, how long do sump pumps last?
Sump Pump Lifespan
A sump pump will normally last about between seven to ten years, but you should be guaranteed three to five years with most major manufacturers’ warranties. You shouldn’t expect it to last forever, especially if you live in a very wet environment and the pump is working frequently. However, if you notice any of the common following issues, it may be time to consider a new one.
Pump Is Clogged
Over the life of a sump pump, it will collect dirt and debris from removing water. These can clog the pump and cause it to stop working. If your sump pump has any loose covers or fittings, those can let in unwanted dirt as well.
If your sump pump has visible rust on the exterior, it’s more than likely that there is rust or corrosion internally. There are also bacteria that feed off the iron in your sump pump and can cause clogs, overall affecting how long sump pumps lasts.
Pump Won’t Turn Off
Once your pump has reached the end of its useful life, one of the most common indicators is that it works for too long or won’t turn off at all. If it runs for a long time, it may not be able to effectively remove water any longer. But if it doesn’t turn off at all, there is something wrong with the motor. It will need to be replaced.