As you might already know, sump pumps are pumps which are used to remove water which accumulates in the basement. The water often enters the basement through the walls or the ground below it. They are usually commonly in basements which experience regular flooding. They also provide a solution to basement dampness which is a common problem in many homes. A sump pump sends away water from the basement to a different location where the water does not cause problems. This could either be in a dry well or a drain.
A sump pump is definitely the most important item when it comes to basement waterproofing. On average sump pumps normally last for around eight years, although this depends on a number of factors. Some may last for only three years while others may last for ten years. Here are the two major factors which determine the lifespan of a sump pump:
The lifespan of a sump pump can be determined by the size you get. If you choose the wrong size when buying a sump pump, then its lifespan will be reduced due to improper usage. A very large sump pump normally has more frequent cycles. On the other hand, pumps which are too small than they should be, normally work harder in pumping out flooded water. This eventually destroys the pump. An undersized sump pump often fails when it is run for a long period.
It is important to note that the size of a sump pump is also determined by its horsepower (HP). This is what determines its pumping capacity. There is a wide range of sump pumps with various horsepower in the market. You should therefore get a sump pump of the correct size. This will depend on the condition of water in your basement. If you have the right one, then you can sure that it will last for the longest time possible.
How a sump pump is maintained determines how long it will last. If it is regularly maintained, then the pump lasts longer. You should therefore ensure that you do so.
You should regularly check it to ensure that it is in a proper working condition. If your house is newly constructed, then these regular checks are very important. This is because new homes usually accumulate more debris compared to older ones. Any accumulated debris should be removed out of a sump pump and then discarded. Ensure that you also check for sand, stones and sediments that may be at the bottom of the sump pump.
You should also have it inspected by a professional at least twice in a year. Sump pumps like any other equipment develop mechanical problems and therefore they should be checked by an expert. Failure of a sump pump may lead to basement flooding, something that you wouldnâ��t wish to happen in your home.
If you have any additional questions on the lifespan of sump pumps, sump pump installation, repair or maintenance, do contact us. We are the best waterproofing service provider in town can always guarantee a great job done!