Signs Your Home's Sewer Pump Is Failing

If you depend on your basement's sewer pump to get rid of your home's household waste, you may have noticed a foul odor coming from the area and wonder whether or not the pump is still doing its job. If so, look for the following signs that your sewer pump is failing and needs to be replaced.

Pump Shuts off Before Emptying the Pit

While observing your sewer pump, you may see that it does still kick on whenever the level in the pit reaches its maximum threshold. However, instead of running until the pit is completely empty, it shuts off and leaves the pit half full.

If this is the case, there are two possible causes to the issue. First, the float may have been knocked out of alignment and is showing that the level is lower than it actually is. Try pulling the float up a couple of inches to see if the pump starts ejecting all of the waste in the pit.

If not, the problem could lie within the pump itself. If the pump turns off prematurely, it may be overheating and forcing itself to turn off before the motor burns up. You may smell an acrid, burning odor whenever the pump is running, indicating that it is overheating.

In this case, the pump is in danger of failing completely, leaving you with a backed up sewage system and no way to get rid of it. Before this happens, have the pump replaced.

Motor Hums but Does Not Run

Another sign that your sewer pump is probably getting ready to go out is when the motor hums but does not run. You may hear a constant whine coming from the pump, but it's ejecting little to know sewage from the pit.

However, this could also be a sign that there is a clog in the main sewer line that is keeping the pump from ejecting the waste. Although the motor is trying, something is blocking it. Eventually, this could make the motor burn up if the clog is not removed.

Have a plumber or septic service rule out a clog in the main sewer line. If there is no clog, the pump's motor is likely shot and should be replaced as soon as possible.

If your sewer pump is exhibiting any of the above signs, it is starting to fail and should be replaced before it goes out completely. Contact companies, such as Autry's Backhoe & Septic Service, that offer sewer pump installation services to discuss your options for replacing your defunct pump with a new one.