Prepare Your Basement for the Spring Thaw


Springtime in Minnesota is usually soggy. Between April showers and melting snow, your home could be at risk for flooding. For many homeowners, a sump pump is helpful for keeping things dry. Continue reading to find out the benefits of a sump pump and how installing one can prepare your basement for the spring thaw.

Sump Pumps 101

The American Society of Home Inspectors reported that more than 60 percent of homes have wetness below ground. A sump pump is used to extract water and excess moisture. The small device is installed at the lowest spot of a basement, cellar, or crawlspace. When water collects in a pit below the structure’s foundation, the pump drains the water out and away from the foundation.

Sump Pump Benefits

Homeowners have sump pumps installed for any number of reasons. Some of the most common ones include:

  • Prevent flooding. A sump pump moves water from one place – the sump pit – to somewhere safely away from your home’s foundation.
  • Improve indoor air quality. Mold and mildew thrive in moist basements and can be dangerous to your family’s health. Keeping your basement dry will help prevent surface fungi that can cause coughing, skin irritation, nasal congestion, and a sore throat.
  • Added value. If you’re looking to sell your home, make sure your sump pump is in proper working order. A home with a dry basement is more likely to be structurally sound, and this will help assure potential buyers.
  • Protect your investment. If you have a finished basement, investing in a sump pump can save your flooring, furniture, and appliances from potential flooding and water damage.

Do You Need One?

Not every home needs a sump pump, but it’s a wise investment for any home with a basement or if:

  • Your basement has a history of flooding issues
  • You live in a region that regularly experiences heavy rain or snow
  • You live in a flat or low-lying area on ground that freely absorbs water
  • Your basement is finished and filled with things you want to protect

Good to Know

A sump pump lasts about 10 years. If you have one that’s more than six years old, consider having it inspected by a professional to ensure it is functioning properly.

Additionally, heavy spring and summer storms can sometimes knock out your home’s power. For an added safeguard, consider a battery backup sump pump to keep things dry in the event of power failure. The cost for a backup is relatively low compared to what you could lose if your basement floods.

The trusted professionals at Robillard Plumbing are here to help make sure your basement is ready for the spring thaw. If you have questions about sump pump installation, service, or maintenance, contact us today.