April Showers Bring May Flowers – And Flooded Basements!

Unfortunately, those April showers can also bring sump pump failure! With the rain we have already had in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area the calls for water in the basement have already started.

A sump pump is a valuable tool for homeowners. So how do you know if you need one, and what do you need to do in the spring to make sure it’s operating correctly?

Do You Need a Sump Pump?

A sump pump eliminates moisture and prevents flooding. More than 60% of American homeowners have some type of moisture in their basements or crawlspaces. Many homeowners’ basements will flood at some point. Even if your basement doesn’t flood, basement moisture can lead to mold and potential health problems. Living in Minnesota where we are susceptible to excessive snow or rainfall, a sump pump can be a smart bet.

How Does a Sump Pump Work?

Water naturally drains into specially constructed pits (in a hole below the main surface of the basement) that house sump pumps. Most sump pumps have an automated flotation system that causes the device to turn on and begin pumping water when it reaches a certain level. The water is pumped outside through a hose, to an area where the water can drain away from your foundation. Sump pumps are powered by electricity.

Sump Pump Maintenance

It is recommended to test your sump pump from time to time to make sure it is pushing the water correctly out of the house. Here are some basic steps to make sure your sump pump is in working condition. This is especially important during spring and when heavy rainfall is in the forecast.

  • Ensure the pump is upright. If the device is tilted to one side, the float arm can become jammed and cease to operate correctly.
  • Pour a bucket of water into your pit. If the pump doesn’t start immediately, have it repaired.
  • If you have a submersible pump, remove it from the pit from time to time and clean the bottom grate (pumps can suck in rocks that may block the inlet).
  • Make sure the pipes from your pump are tightly fastened and set to drain at least 20 feet away from your foundation.
  • Check the vent hole for any blockages that could prevent water from flowing through your outlet tube.

Do You Need a Second Sump Pump?

Depending on the area you live in, a second sump pump can be a valuable backup that comes in handy if your main pump quits working or becomes overwhelmed. However, if you don’t think water levels will overrun your main pump, you might save money by investing in a water alarm that can alert you to any malfunctions.

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