The ideal time to replace an out-of-order sump pump is prior to the next large storm and not after it.
If your sump pump in the crawlspace or basement isn't turning on as the water level increases or if your sump pump is older than a decade, you shouldn't wait until it breaks down to replace it. Here is some information about what to look for when replacing your sump pump.
Which Type Should You Choose?
If your sump pump functioned well before it stopped working and lasted you a decent amount of time, it wouldn't hurt to buy a similar model to replace it. Otherwise, you should consider the advantages and disadvantages of submersible pumps and pedestal pumps.
A pedestal pump places the motor on a stand that is positioned a few feet above the water. The impeller, which is responsible for pumping the water, is in the pit. In theory, a pedestal pump will last longer because the motor remains fairly dry.
With a submersible pump, the motor and pump are located in the sump pit. The motor resides in a sealed oil filled waterproof casing. When water rises to a certain level, the pump turns on and water is pumped out through the piping that runs away and outside from the house. For more information about what to look for when replacing your sump pump, don't hesitate to contact us.