How Long Do Zoeller Sump Pumps Last?

If you’re in the market for a new Zoeller sump pump but are wondering how long Zoeller sump pumps last, then hopefully we can provide some answers for you.

John C. Flood is available to help our customers better understand their home and equipment — and keep that equipment in the best shape possible — to enhance the quality of life and maintain home safety.

What is a Zoeller Sump Pump?

This specific brand of sump pump comes highly recommended at John C. Flood. Sump pumps in general are simple devices that are used in basements or crawl spaces to prevent flooding.

When the float rises too high, a float sensor connected to a motor in the sump pump activates, and the engine starts pushing water out of the basement and into the yard or a storm sewer through piping that exits the house.

The pump can be activated manually or automatically, and it is strategically designed to handle water and get wet.

The quantity of water and moisture that a sump pump should be able to remove from a home depends entirely on the motor power of that particular pump.

Different power is ideal for different homes. For example, an area with low-to-moderate flooding can get by with a smaller pump that has less power, but a basement that frequently faces major water incursion requires a large pump.

As with any device, a sump pump will operate more efficiently and last longer with routine cleaning and maintenance.

How Long Do Zoeller Sump Pumps Last

Typically, a sump pump is expected to last somewhere between 7 and 10 years when maintained… but that depends on a few factors.

A sump pump may spend the majority of its lifespan dormant, always ready to push water out of the house but not needed very often. This is dependent upon the water table and flood risk of the home’s location.

During the rainy season, a sump pump could be used almost constantly. Additionally, in areas of high rain, a sump pump will get more use. The harder a sump pump works will directly impact its longevity.

That being said: no matter if your sump pump is used frequently or infrequently, it should still be serviced annually. This is because metal parts exposed to water will ultimately rust unless cared for and there are plenty of minor parts of a sump pump that require attention and sometimes repairs.

Regular maintenance can help prevent an annoying breakdown while increasing your sump pump’s lifespan.

A sump pump can survive 10 years if this maintenance is done often. Always keep in mind that the longevity and efficiency of your machine is shortened by rust, corrosion, clogs, leaks, and power issues that arise from poor pump maintenance.

When Should I Replace My Sump Pump?

There are many signs of a failing sump pump. A machine that often cycles between on and off, operates continuously, or won’t switch on when it ought to is likely past its prime. Strange noises, continual clogging, excessive vibration, or obvious rust are further warning signs of a bad sump pump that needs replacing soon.

Keep in mind that a storm or rainy season with substantial water runoff is the worst time to schedule a sump pump replacement or to deal with a sump pump failure.

Homeowners can familiarize themselves with their pump’s normal activity to help them quickly recognize an issue should one arise.

While a shift in the normal pattern of a sump pump’s operation can occasionally be attributed to an exceptionally wet or exceptionally dry season, it can also be caused by other issues within your machine.

These issues could be severe — such as a power issue, a broken sump pump, or a sensor issue — but they could also be due to a simple alignment issue of the float arm that’s easily fixed. Working with a professional to keep your sump pump in shape is the best way to reduce repair costs and enhance your sump pump’s performance.

Popular Zoeller Sump Pump Models

Here are some of the most popular Zoeller sump pump models available: 

  • Zoeller M53 Mighty-mate Submersible Sump Pump, 1/3 Hp
  • Zoeller 105-0001 Sump Pump, 12.50 x 14.50 x 14.50 inches, 19 Pound
  • Zoeller M63 Premium Series 5-Year Warranty Mighty-Mate Submersible Sump Pump, 1/3 Hp
  • Zoeller 57-0001 M57 Basement High Capacity Sump Pump, 1 Pack, Stainless Steel
  • Zoeller 508-0005 Aquanot 508 Battery Back-Up System

Call John C. Flood for Help

Maintaining your sump pump, installing a sump pump, and replacing a sump pump are all tasks that should be handled by a professional.

Contact John C. Flood if you have questions about the best Zoeller sump pump for your home’s needs and we can discuss your options and offer a project estimate. Don’t forget to visit our coupons page for access to our available discounts.


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