How Long Do Sump Pumps Last?
The average lifespan of a sump pump is about 7 to 10 years. A sump pump is like any other appliance and equipment in your home. It won't last forever, but you'll notice if it malfunctions before long!
How Often Should A Sump Pump Be Replaced?
Most homeowners replace their sump pumps when they break down, which is normally about every 7 to 10 years. There are some signs that you can look out for that let you know that your sump pump may be on it's way out.
- It runs all the time - although it's normal for a sump pump to run when it detects water in it's pit - it's not normal for it to run continuously.
- Doesn't run at all - the purpose of the sump pump is to drain water away from the home's foundation so if it doesn't run when it should - it may be time for a replacement.
- Runs when it should not - if there is little to no water in the sump pump it and your pump turns on - there may be an electrical problem or some other mechanical issue.
- Makes loud noises or vibrations when it's running - this could be due to debris or a problem with the motor but whatever the issue is - it's not normal.
- Rusted out unit - a sump pump unit that is showing signs of rust is a sign that bacteria is corroding the unit and should therefore be replaced.
- Motor stops running - you can see that power is getting to the sump pump but the motor is not working.
- It's an old unit - sump pumps generally last about 10 years but they can last longer. But if your unit is 10 years or older - expect that sometime soon you will have to have it replaced.
Any of these are a good indication that it's time to replace that sump pump.
How Much Do Sump Pumps Cost To Replace?
Cost to replace a sump pump varies, depending on the type of sump pump you purchase and if you want to install or replace a backup system. But generally speaking, the cost can range anywhere from $670.00 to about $1300.00, more or less.
How Hard Is It To Replace A Sump Pump?
Some homeowners who are handy can go through the steps to replace their sump pump, depending on their skills and if there are issues such as battery backups, etc. Home Depot rates this task ias intermediary and it should take about 2 hours to perform it but again - it all does depend on the skill level of the homeowner.
We do recommend that you use a skilled plumber to do the job for you. That ensures that the job will be done well and correctly avoiding any trouble in the future.
If you have any questions about sump pumps or are having some problems with it, call Atlantis Plumbing today at 770-443-8229. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.