Think for a moment about the wellbeing of your home. If you’re like most Wilmington area homeowners, chances are you’re taking a mental inventory of your heating and air conditioning systems, windows, siding, and appliances. Tucked away in a far corner in the basement, your sump pump is probably the last thing on your mind.
A working sump pump, however, is essential if you want to protect your home against flooding and water damage. Has your sump pump been especially noisy, perhaps even waking you up in the middle of the night? If so, it’s important to address the issue as soon as possible — especially before spring showers roll in.
Common Causes of a Loud Sump Pump
A number of factors must come together in order for a sump pump to run smoothly and quietly. If just one thing goes amiss, you could have a noisy sump pump on your hands. Here are a few things that can make a sump pump noisy:
Pump extends out of the sump pit
Some sump pump systems operate outside of the sump pit, sending noise directly into the basement. If this is the case for your sump pump, consider upgrading to a much quieter submersible sump pump. These sump pumps are installed underneath the basement floor and operate while submerged in water.
Sump pit is not covered
No lid over the sump pit? That’s allowing noise from your sump pump to echo right into the basement. Installing an airtight sump pit lid with rubber fittings around any penetrations will keep any noise and humidity from your sump pump system contained within the sump pit.
Discharge line is vibrating
Water flowing through the discharge line could be causing the pipe to vibrate against the sump tank. When this is the case, the best course of action is to wrap the pipe in foam insulation or to line the underside of the sump pump lid. A plumbing expert can pinpoint the precise source of the noise and make the proper adjustments to reduce vibration.
Discharge line is poorly designed
The sound of rushing water in the discharge line can become quite loud if the line is angled straight down at 90 degrees. Angling the discharge line at 45 degrees and ensuring that the line is large enough to hold whatever the system pumps into it will reduce noise.
Sump pump is poorly designed
Sometimes the issue is simply a poorly designed sump pump system. The best systems are made from cast iron and are self-lubricating to keep friction to a minimum during operation.
Upgrade to a Quiet and Reliable Sump Pump with Sobieski
At Sobieski, we take pride in offering our customers the best possible plumbing and drain services. If you think it may be time to repair or upgrade your sump pump, or even install a backup sump pump, we’ve got you covered. We offer emergency repair service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and after more than 25 years delivering expert service to customers in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, we know a thing or two about unique sump pump system needs in the area.