8 FAQS About Sump Pumps

Water in your basement is not a fun experience. Whether it's one inch of water or several, it is a costly issue. To avoid water in your basement issues, consider installing a sump pump.

Here are 8 FAQs about sump pumps. If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact us!

1. WHO NEEDS A SUMP PUMP?

If you have a basement, you need a sump pump. It is very rare to have a basement in the Twin Cities and not have a sump pump.

2. HOW DOES WATER GET INTO BASEMENTS & CAUSE FLOODING?

The water enters the home many different ways. The most common entrance is either through the basement floor or the basement walls. The other way that water enters the home is through basement windows.

3. WHAT HAPPENS TO MY SUMP PUMP IF MY POWER GOES OUT?

We always recommend battery back-up sump pumps powered by a 12v high performance battery. This allows your sump pump to continue pumping even after the power goes out.

4. IF I INSTALL GUTTERS ON MY HOME, DO I STILL NEED A SUMP PUMP?

There are situations where gutters installed on a home can divert water that would otherwise end in the basement of a home. This is not a sure-deal.

5. HOW DOES A SUMP PUMP AUTOMATICALLY REMOVE WATER?

A sump pump has an electrical float that monitors water entering the home. Once it reaches a certain level, it will engage and pump water out from the home.

6. HOW LONG DO SUMP PUMPS LAST?

Manufacturers usually put a 1-5 year warranty on their pumps. A warranty on a sump pump is not long for a reason; they don’t generally last longer. They are under a lot of pressure to work so there is a lot of wear and tear that keeps them from lasting longer.

7. HOW DO I TEST MY SUMP PUMP?

There are ways for a homeowner to test their sump pump but we recommend hiring a plumbing professional to complete the sump pump test. For directions on testing your sump pump, refer to our other blog articles.

8. HOW MUCH WATER CAN SUMP PUMPS REMOVE?

This is a great question and depends on the pump installed in your home. Most homes have builder-grade sump pumps installed and could benefit from a Professional Series Sump Pump. To tell which type of pump you have in your home, contact your plumbing professional to learn more.

Installing a sump pump in the Twin Cities area is a wise move for homeowners. Not only can it help keep your belongings safe, but it also helps protect the structural integrity of your home and avoids nuisances create by water damage. Call HomeWorks today to discuss more!

To learn more about sump pumps or to make an appointment,
call the St. Paul sump pump experts from HomeWorks at (651) 401-8068 today.

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