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Do I Need a Sump Pump?

Do I Need a Sump Pump?

In the Minneapolis and Saint Paul area, the spring and summer months bring with them the highest amount of rainfall for the year. In May alone, the average rainfall approaches four inches, and of the entire state of Minnesota, Minneapolis receives nearly three and a half inches more than that. Needless to say, the chances of basement flooding in the Twin Cities is too high not to take precautions. According to the plumbing pros at Minneapolis Saint Paul Plumbing, Heating & Air, the best method of prevention is a sump pump.

A sump pump is a system installed in the basement or crawlspace of a home in such a way that promotes the collection of water. As the pit in which the pump is installed fills, the pump automatically turns on, piping water out of the pit, away from your home and into a proper drain.

If you’re unsure as to whether or not your Twin Cities’ home needs a sump pump, here are some top reasons as to why these systems should be installed:

  • Prevent basement flooding: This is the main reason for installing a sump pump as it has been estimated that up to 95 percent of all residential basements will experience some sort of water penetration, flooding or leaks. These areas of a home typically go days and even months without being checked, meaning water damage can build up without you even noticing. A sump pump works automatically to place a safe guard on your foundation, lessening the chances of costly repairs associated with water and flood damage.
  • Boost property value: Having a sump pump installed can boost the value of your home should you decide to sell or rent. As an item of preventative maintenance, you can ensure to your potential buyers that the home is safe and secure from all forms of water damage. In areas such as the Twin Cities, a home without a sump pump is at a much higher risk of flooding – something savvy buyers will have on their minds when shopping.
  • Lessen the risk of mold and mildew: Even if water buildup in a basement is small, it can still contribute to the development of hazardous and costly mold and mildew. A sump pump’s main job is to keep crawlspaces and basements dry –greatly reducing the chances of bacteria growing.  

Keeping your foundation dry is key in keeping your home safe, secure and valuable. To find out more about the installation and repair of sump pumps in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, contact MSP Plumbing, Heating & Air today at (651) 228-9200.