The average lifespan for a sump pump is about 10 years. That said, there are some ways a plumber in Charlottesville, VA from Speedy Rooter Plumbing can help you get the most use and life out of your sump pump. Below, we take a closer look at sump pump lifespans and things you can do to keep your pump on the job longer.
Submersible vs. Pedestal Pumps
These are the two main types of sump pumps used in basements and crawl spaces. So-named because the pump is completely the basin, submersible pumps tend to have a shorter lifespan. This is partly because it's not as easy to make necessary plumbing repairs with these pumps. Pedestal pumps aren't entirely submerged, so they typically have a longer lifespan due to reduced wear and tear.
Factors That Affect Pump Lifespan
How well a plumbing company installed your sump pump will affect its lifespan. Your pump will also be less likely to give you many years of use if it's not correctly sized. Not using a cover can also shorten the pump's lifespan by making it easier for debris to get into the basin and clog various parts.
Get More Life Out of Your Sump Pump
Taking advantage of our maintenance plumbing services is one way to get more life out of your sump pump. It can also be helpful to get into the habit of:
- Cleaning the pump inlet screen every 3-4 months
- Checking the power cord for signs of wear
- Periodically dumping a bucket of water into the basin to test operation
- Having the pump cleaned and inspected at least once a year
We've Got Your Sump Pump Needs Covered
Whether you want to schedule a routine inspection or you're seeing signs of sump pump failure, Speedy Rooter Plumbing is the to call on. We'll arrive quickly to check out your sump pump and recommend appropriate service steps and solutions. Contact us today for fast, affordable routine and emergency plumbing service in Charlottesville, VA.