When To Repair, When To Replace That Sump Pump In Chicagoland

A Big Question for Chicagoland Homeowners – Repair or

Replace that Sump Pump?

When it comes to knowing when to replace or repair your sump pump is usually not cut and dry. Sump pumps eventually wear out and either need to be replaced or repaired, but sometimes it is not noticed until you have a major water problem in your Chicago area home or business. A high quality sump pump, such as the ones that United Structural of Illinois installs, should give ten years of protection before it needs replacing.

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Some of the signs that your sump pump may need repair or replacement are:

  • Frequent on and off - When you notice that your sump pump is cycling on and off frequently, even in heavy rains, this is a sign that something is wrong. It may simply be an incorrectly adjusted float switch that would just need to be repaired or adjusted. The float switch is what indicates the sump pump to turn on when water has accumulated in the sump basin. If this isn’t adjusted correctly, it will cause this frequent on and off cycling and this will eventually cause the sump pump’s motor to burn our prematurely. This on and off cycling may also indicate that the sump basin is too small for the volume of water that it can handle. This causes the water to reach high levels quickly.
  • Long run times – When you listen to your sump pump turn on and it runs for an unusually long time, several minutes, it may indicate that the pump is underpowered, either for the volume of water it is required to handle or for the distance it must pump it. This will cause the pump to run continuously.
  • Not turning on when it should be – When this happens, it is usually the result of the float switch being stuck. Sometimes the either the tethered or vertical floats get hung up on the side of the sump basin or the plastic brackets break from the vibrations. It may also indicate that it is time to replace the sump pump.
  • Noisy sump pump – Your sump pump should have just a very low hum when it is running and a faint “thump” when it stops. If the noise from the sump pump is excessive, it could indicate that a bearing has burnt out. A rattling or grinding noise may indicate a jammed or damaged fan. Both of these problems usually means it is time for replacement rather than repair.

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Let the professionals at United Structural Systems of Illinois inspect your sump pump if it shows any of these signs of needed repair or replacement. We will suggest the best solution for your sump pump issues in your Illinois home or business.

Repair that Sump Pump in Chicagoland

If you live in the Chicagoland area, it is likely that your home or business has a sump pump. A well-functioning sump pump will stay ahead of rising water. Keeping the sump pump in good condition will give you peace of mind that when rising water, or a heavy rain is in the area, your basement will stay dry. It is not a good feeling when heavy rain is anticipated and not knowing if your sump pump can handle it.

Let the experts at United Structural Systems do regular inspection and maintenance on your sump pump to repair anything that may need to be repaired before there is a problem. Some of the things we will look at is if the basin is large enough to handle the amount of water that it incurs. If not, we will replace the basin so that your sump pump will not have long run times.

If your sump pump is frequently turning on and off, United Structural Systems will look to see if the float switch is adjusted properly and repair it if it isn’t.

If the sump pump is not turning on when it should be, we will check the floats to see if they are stuck or need repaired.

Many times, it is just a matter of a repair needed rather than replacing the entire sump pump. Let the experts at United Structural Systems of Illinois check or even do regular maintenance on your sump pump and repair it when needed before the entire sump pump needs to be replaced.

Replace that Sump Pump in Chicagoland

The professionals at United Structural Systems of Illinois can help you determine if you are in need of sump pump replacement or repair. If your sump pump is older than 10 years, we will probably recommend replacement. When your sump pump doesn’t turn on when it should, this may be an indication that it is time for replacement.

If you moved into your home and it has a pedestal type sump pump that sits on a tall pipe above the water, it is probably very old and in need of replacement. United Structural Systems has sump pumps that are the newer, submersible models along with battery backups in case of a power failure.

If your sump pump is extremely noisy, this may indicate a burnt motor bearing, which causes imbalance, vibrations and more wear and tear to the other parts. It also indicates a failing motor. This is the time for sump pump replacement.

If it is time for sump pump replacement, the experts at United Structural Systems of Illinois has several models plus battery backups and we will find the best sump pump system for your waterproofing needs in your Chicagoland area home or business. Our trained technicians will make sure that the installation is done right and will serve you for many years to come. You can rely on the professionals at United Structural Systems of Illinois to inspect your sump pump system and either suggest repair needs or replacement depending on what we find. contact us today for all of your sump pump needs!