Have you noticed recently that your sump pump is making an unusual humming sound? It might be time to schedule a sump pump maintenance appointment with your local Fenwick technician. We’ll get to the bottom of it so you can get back to enjoying peace and quiet.
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3 Reasons Why Your Sump Pump Makes a Humming Noise
1. Check Valve
If your sump pump starts producing a humming noise, the check valve could be the culprit. Sometimes improper installation of this component causes it to rattle against the sump basin. In other scenarios, the check valve gets stuck in the closed position, which prevents water from exiting the sump basin.
The impeller is responsible for pulling water into the sump pump. Dirt and debris can get stuck in the impeller, creating a jam that produces a humming sound. You can prevent future impeller jams by equipping your sump pump with a filter that will collect loose debris.
3. Discharge Pipes
The discharge pipes carry water from the sump basin to your home’s exterior. When the temperature drops significantly during the winter, the discharge pipes can freeze and prevent water from flowing through them. The same thing can happen when debris accumulates and clogs the pipes. A third possibility is that your discharge pipes have too many 90-degrees elbows that impede the flow of water through them.
6 Benefits of Sump Pump Maintenance
1. Flood Prevention
Sump pumps remove excess water from basements and crawl spaces to protect homes from flooding. Sump pump maintenance keeps these spaces dry so you can avoid costly water damage and safety risks, like electrocution.
2. Fewer Health Risks
Damp spaces are breeding grounds for mold and mildew. These spore growths can aggravate allergy symptoms and cause other respiratory issues. Mold and mildew aren’t always visible to the naked eye, so remain vigilant in keeping your basement and crawl space dry with routine sump pump maintenance.
3. Saves You Money
Depending on its severity, water damage due to flooding can cost thousands of dollars in home improvement costs. You not only have to hire a professional cleaning crew to remove the water from your home, but you may also have to replace everything from flooring and appliances to paint and furniture. Sump pump maintenance can help you avoid these headaches.
4. Protects Your Home’s Structure
Extensive flooding can cause cracks and gaps to form in your home’s foundation. These damages are expensive to repair, allow room for small critters to creep in, and can cause further structural issues. Routine sump pump maintenance protects your foundation from standing water that creates these problems.
5. Prevents Electrical Fires
Water and electric appliances don’t mix well. Appliances like washers and dryers can short-circuit when they come in contact with water, which is a fire hazard. Schedule a sump pump maintenance to keep your home safe from a potential fire.
6. Increases Your Home’s Value
If you plan to sell your home at any point, a well-maintained sump pump will increase its value to potential buyers.
Book a Sump Pump Repair or Installation
Fenwick Home Services provides homeowners throughout the Jacksonville, Florida, area with reliable sump pump repair and installation services. Whether you need a minor sump pump repair or a total system replacement, don’t hesitate to contact our team.