Sump Pump FAQs

If your basement has ever flooded, you know what a stressful and messy event it is. Even a partial flood can damage your home and belongings. All of the destruction, damage, and frustration can be avoided or reduced with a cost-effective sump pump installation from the licensed plumbers at Paul Bunyan Plumbing & Drains.

Sump Pump FAQs

What Is A Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a small pump placed in a sump pit or hole located at the lowest point in your basement. The pump is water-activated using a float valve. When water fills the pit and lifts the float valve, the pump begins moving the water through a discharge pipe that is routed out into your yard, away from the foundation of your home.

How Big Is The Sump Hole?

In most cases, the capacity of the pit is between 15 and 25 gallons. But the size can vary depending on the grade of the property and the size of the sump pump. Learn more about installation by clicking here

Who Should Have A Sump Pump?

Anyone with a basement should consider installing a sump pump. It is a very simple and affordable way to prevent costly flooding. These pumps are most useful in regions that experience torrential downpours that result in flooding and standing water against the foundation of your home. This is often when water will seep into your basement and damage any finished living space or belongings stored in the area. A sump pump is also beneficial in regions like Minnesota, where the spring thaw can result in massive snowmelt in a short period of time, leaving standing water around your home’s foundation. Both of these events can cause tens of thousands of dollars in water damage and contamination, but they can easily be avoided with a sump pump installation.

Are Sump Pumps Electric?

Yes, sump pumps are electric. But, in areas with frequent power outages or storms that interfere with electricity, it is recommended that you have a battery backup. This ensures that even during a storm that knocks out your power, the sump pump will continue to evacuate the water seeping into your basement.

Is There More Than One Type Of Sump Pump?

There are two types of sump pumps. The first is a pedestal pump that has the motor located above the sump pit. These units are more accessible to service, but some homeowners prefer not to see the motor above the sump pit. The second type is a submersible pump. With these units, the entire pump rests inside the sump pit. For service or cleaning, the entire pump must be removed from the sump hole.

For more information about a sump pump installation at your home, call 612-340-1444 to schedule an appointment with a licensed plumber from Paul Bunyan Plumbing And Drains. We offer free no-obligation price quotes. All of our work, including sump pump installations, come with a full parts and labor warranty.


Paul Bunyan Plumbing & Drains

5720 International Parkway
New Hope, MN 55428