Sump pumps are a necessary part of modern plumbing. Homes with basements, especially those in areas that experience heavy rainfall and flooding, need sump pumps to keep the basement dry. Many homeowners install them because their existing furnace, air conditioner, or water heater is located in the basement and they don’t want moisture damaging these units. Other homeowners install them to protect valuable stored items from getting ruined by water damage. So, let’s have a look at ways to quiet a sump pump.
Sump pumps keep our basements safe and dry. They are essential in preventing us from spending thousands of dollars on damages and repairs due to flooding. We put up with them disturbing our sleep at night as a result of this.
Sump pumps are usually very quiet, but sometimes they can be noisy. We get used to the continual humming of the motors, cyclic thuds, and rattling pipes. Isn’t it all part of the bargain? Well, if your sump pump is making a lot of noise, there are a few things you can do to quiet it down.
How to Stop a Sump Pump from Making Noise
1. The water hammer should be eliminated
The majority of individuals who have sump pump noise problems are experiencing water hammer issues. When the water in the pipes changes direction suddenly or when the pump itself shuts down, this phenomenon occurs. The increased pressure creates shockwaves, resulting in thuds and clattering pipes.
It’s difficult to avoid this problem, especially if your cat is a fussy eater. If you don’t clean out the toilet regularly, hair and other debris can build up in the bowl over time, resulting in blockages that may not be apparent until it’s too late. Fortunately, there are two simple solutions for avoiding this issue:
Silent Check Valve
The check valve is activated by a strong spring when the flapper inside opens and closes. As a result, you should notice no thuds while starting and stopping the pipe since the pressure change is gentler. Oh, and that gurgling sound as the pump shuts off? It will also be resolved.
At the discharge, install a valve.
When a pump is operating, it creates vibrations. Install a valve at the outlet to throttle the discharge and reduce water surge when starting and stopping the pump to minimize vibrations. Just be careful not to close the valve too much so that you don’t end up wasting energy while pumping less water.
2. Reduce the vibrations in the pipe.
If you hear an unusual sound coming from the pipes when the pump is operating, chances are that you’ll need a different set of solutions to fix the problem. If you aren’t already utilizing rubber couplings, make sure your pipe supports are correctly installed.
Repair the pipe support
The pipes should be firmly anchored to the walls, and they should not shift. The vibrations in the system are reduced as a result of this. You may substantially reduce the rattle rattling noise caused by an unstable piping system that is vibrating with all of the water flowing through it.
Rubber Couplings can be use
The pump has a motor that drives an impeller, which expels water into the pipes. The problem is that when the motor vibrates, it creates vibrations in the pipes and they rattle as well.
Rubber couplings can help isolate the pump vibrations from the pipes and prevent them from being transmitted. They’re generally used to connect the check valve with the discharge lines.
3. Replace the whole pump
If neither of the preceding two options works, you may need to replace the pump in a more extreme way. It’ll cost you more, but it’s a fair investment to get the peace and quiet you need. Here are some factors to think about while shopping for your next pump.
Use a smaller pump
Water hammer can result from a pump being too powerful for the system. If you have a pump that is too powerful for your system, it’s possible that it’s causing a water hammer. Because of the amount of energy they put into the water, bigger pumps create a stronger kick than smaller ones. Up to ½ HP sump pumps are typically enough for residences, with only a few exceptions.
If you think this may apply to you, I recommend getting a smaller one. However, if the rain falls, make sure you can still pump out as much water as required.
A Submersible pump can be a good option
Pedestal pumps are fantastic and extremely dependable, but the exposed motor at the top is both distracting and annoying to the eyes as well. The basin sits low within the tub, allowing it to be more stable while operating. Furthermore, both the water and basin cover help dampen noise before it reaches your ears by absorbing it.
With upper and lower ball bearings, the pump is smooth and quiet.
High-quality sump pumps are equipped with upper and lower ball bearings to assist minimize vibrations while in operation. They’re generally more expensive, but the extra noise and pump run time are well worth it.
A longer switch range
This isn’t exactly a noise-reducing technique, but it does allow the pump to run for longer periods of time. What this implies is that it doesn’t have to start and stop as often, which means there are fewer thuds and bumps throughout the night.
So these are the ways to quiet a sump pump.