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spfcleveland 05-17-2010 07:53 PM

sump pump
My sump used to run all the time now I barley hear it. The tube or basin appears normal and the basement is dry. I tested the pump by pouring water in and it kicked on. Should I be concerned and how long does a typical sump pump last? Should it be changed out after so many years even if it still working.

Daniel Holzman 05-17-2010 09:48 PM

I had a commercial grade Barnes cast iron sump pump, it lasted ten years with intermittent service (typically only ran about 3 or 4 days per year). It died one day during a flood, mostly because one leg of the power dropped when a tree hit the power line.

I now have a Zoeller commercial grade cast iron pump, should last about ten years if the power does not kill it first.

AllanJ 05-17-2010 10:43 PM

I have not read about guidelines on replacing a sump pump before it shows signs of wearing out. But to give peace of mind, you might consider digging a second pit and interconnect it with the first pit and put a second sump pump there as a backup. Now you would test both pumps from time to time so if one did break down you would replace it promptly.

spfcleveland 05-18-2010 04:37 AM

Thanks for the info!

The Engineer 05-18-2010 09:27 AM

Pumps like to be cycled periodically. Most of the pump failures i've seen where from pumps that are never or barely used for several years. If a pump just sits there for a long time without cycling, there is no telling if it will activate during that one time a year when it needs to pump. As long as the pump looks okay and runs smooth, just dump some water down there once a month to cycle it a few times and it should be ready for the next big storm.

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