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Funny as this may sound, your sump pump performs the exact opposite function of most other plumbing. While just about everything else brings water into your home, a sump pump is responsible for pushing excess basement water out.

For one thing, that means you use it far less often than a faucet or toilet. In turn, lack of consistent use makes your sump pump easy to forget about. Still, when you need it, you really need it. That alone is reason enough to give it at least passing attention and, among other things, learn the signs indicating it might need to be looked at or replaced.

These symptoms include:

  • Age. The normal effective lifespan of a sump pump is 10 years. If yours is at least that old, the prudent option is to have it professionally inspected to determine its fitness for even one more basement flooding episode.
  • “Listen to the music.” Sump pumps have their own distinct humming/operating sound. Get used to the sound of yours so you can recognize normal from abnormal. When you hear the latter, it’s time to have your unit professionally inspected.
  • Keep your eye on the water. If water keeps inching towards the top of the sump pit from rain storm to another, it’s a fair conclusion that wear and tear are staring to manifest themselves.

What good is a sump pump that can’t remove water from your basement? None at all. So, if it’s been a year or longer since you last had yours inspected, contact CT Mechanical Solutions for a thorough sump inspection. If we find anything wrong with it, we’ll give you an on-the-spot quote to fix it. Either way, you can rest assured your sump pump will be ready for whatever Mother Nature has to dish out.