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How to Tell if Your Basement Needs a Sump Pump

Property owners typically use sump pumps to keep basements dry and prevent flooding. If flooding is a regular occurrence in your home, you may want to consider installing a sump pump. Sump pumps can even help properties with excess moisture buildup, depending on the source of the moisture.  

What Is a Sump Pump?

The term sump means a pit or a hollow in which liquid collects. A sump pump, therefore, is a pump installed in the pit of a basement or foundation for the collection and facilitation of water in and around the property. Sump pumps measure water levels and automatically pump water from your basement once the levels or pressure reaches a certain point.

Why Do I Need a Sump Pump?

Sump pumps help property owners take better care of their basements. Not only can flooding cause mildew and health-related hazards. But excess water in concrete-based foundations can cause cracking and craters, compromising the structural integrity of your home or commercial building. Sump pumps are an absolute necessity for anyone looking to prevent water damage and protect their property.

Sump Pump Cost Range

The cost of a sump pump can vary depending on the property and the installation. Forbes prices out the average sump pump installation cost (as of April 2022) at $1,200 with the unit price included. But the truth is that sump pump prices can be significantly higher if the job is more demanding, or even lower if the job is more straightforward.

We do not recommend you DIY your sump pump installation, even to save a chunk of money. These pumps are too vital to the integrity of your home to risk incorrect installation, and the ensuing damages from installation errors can be disastrous.

My Basement Has Water Damage – What Are My Options?

How bad is the damage? A few cracks in your concrete may need some simple patching. But you should still have a professional out to do a thorough analysis. At worst, you’ll need a foundation expert out to repair your basement and ensure the longevity of your home’s structure.

Significant water damage can also call for basement remodeling. Excess water can damage flooring, wooden beams and joists, drywall – pretty much anything it touches. So, you’ll likely need a residential contractor brought in for an estimate, at the very least.

Serious water damage is among the most frustrating events for homeowners. But on the bright side, you can see this as an opportunity for a fresh start. Maybe finish that bathroom you never got around to? Install new hardwood flooring? Perhaps add a new kids’ room?  

Home Remodeling & Exterior Services by Honey-Doers

For over two decades, Honey-Doers has provided homeowners in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area with a wide range of remodeling and renovation services. Deck builds, installations, whole home remodels – whatever your need, we have the tools and resources necessary to transform your home ideas into a completed project.

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