Most homeowners don\u2019t usually think about their sump pumps unless there\u2019s an emergency situation underway, such as a big storm dumping an usually large amount of rain, ground water seeping up into your basement because the water table is high, or you\u2019re experiencing a flooding issue from malfunctioning equipment such as a burst pipe or leaking water heater. \u00a0Sump pumps are generally small in size but a mighty BIG help when you need them.Take it from The Coop! \u00a0Don\u2019t take your sump pump for granted!\u00a0 The lifespan of a sump pump is about 10 years depending upon the frequency of use and the quality of the equipment. It\u2019s important to monitor your sump pump on a regular basis to make sure it\u2019s ready to perform at its best when you need it, particularly as your sump pump gets older.\u00a0 Here are my top 5 tell-tale signs that signal you may need sump pump repair or replacement:Cycles on\/off constantly Here are the most common reasons why this happens:The pump can\u2019t keep up with the water loadThe sump pump has been sized improperlyThe sump pit isn\u2019t large enough to handle the volume of water and it keeps running.The check valve is broken. When it breaks, a portion of the water that has already been sucked up by the sump pump will flow back into the pit, causing it to keep cycling on\/off.More than 1 sump pump may be necessary to keep a basement with a high water table dry.Noisy sump pump. If your sump pump sounds louder than usual or is making an abnormal sound like gurgling, grinding or rattling, it most often means there\u2019s a problem with the motor.Water is not being sucked up by the sump pump. This could indicate that dirt and\/or debris may have penetrated and jammed a mechanical part of the pump, or something is blocking the drain pipe leading away from your house causing the water to back-up.No power. There are 4 things to look for including:No power to the houseThe pump is unpluggedThe fuse has blownBack-up battery is deadRunning constantly. Usually, this happens when the float switch, the sensor that measures the amount of water in the pit and triggers the pump to turn on and off, is stuck on the \u201con\u201d position and it won\u2019t shut off until it\u2019s replaced.It\u2019s easy to test your sump pump to make sure it\u2019s working.\u00a0 I inspect my own sump pump 4 times a year with the changing of the seasons.\u00a0 Many sump pumps have a lid to keep out dirt and debris (which is good!)\u00a0 Unscrew the lid and pour 5 gallons of water into the pump until the float rises.\u00a0 The sump pump should turn on and pump out all the water.\u00a0 Then it will automatically turn off.\u00a0 Repeat and confirm the pump successfully turns on again and turns off.\u00a0 It\u2019s also a good idea to make sure the exterior drainpipe is clear of any dirt or debris that might clog it.\u00a0 That\u2019s all you have to do!If you suspect that you have a problem or your sump pump is 10+ years of age, it\u2019s wise to have it inspected by a professional plumber, like Cooper Mechanical, who will test your sump pump, diagnose any issues and if necessary, give you a proposal for sump pump repair or sump pump installation. And in an emergency situation, don\u2019t hesitate to utilize our 24\/7 emergency service by calling 610-847-2441.