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Sump Pumps are a Homeowner’s Friend

Sump Pumps are a Homeowner’s Friend  3/8/19The first year of being a first-time homeowner can present a steep learning curve, with “first” experiences that may not necessarily be joy-filled, and can involve lessons learned the hard way.  For example:  sump pumps.

For many homeowners, a sump pump is the first line of defense to prevent water from seeping into the basement. 

Now is the time to check your sump pump, especially since we’ve had quite a bit of snow.  If snow has piled up near the house, once it begins melting, some water is sure to seep into the tile surrounding the house footings.

Sump pumps are available in two basic models: upright (commonly called a pedestal) and submersible. Either works well with proper maintenance.

NDSU Extension has posted a short video of reliable information about sump pumps online at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/flood/home/sump-pump-tips.  A publication on the topic is available at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/flood/pdfs/SumpPumpQuestions.pdf, or from the NDSU Extension office in Sargent county.

Because of power outages or sump pump failure, many homeowners choose to have additional protection in the form of an electric (battery powered) backup sump pump. This pump is installed in the same sump as the primary pump, but it only turns on if the primary pump fails.

For more information about electric backup sump pumps watch the short video at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPQvjRFVtxo, or read the NDSU Extension publication "Electric Backup Sump Pumps for Houses.”  It is available online at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/publications/home-farm/buildings-structures, and can also be requested from the NDSU Extension office in Sargent County. 

Sources: Tom Scherer and Ken Hellevang, NDSU Extension agricultural engineers.

Photo Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pedestal_pump.jpg (downloaded 3/12/19)


 

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