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The Effects of a Sump Pump Failure on a Finished Basement

8/24/2022 (Permalink)

Blog post picture Check you sump pump regularly!

Sump pumps have an average lifespan of 3 to 5 years, which means of you own a home with a sump pump you can anticipate it failing at some point. Sump pumps are used to prevent water from outside seeping into your house, which is particularly common during heavy rainfall. It is important to ensure your sump pump is operating correctly. 

To test your sump pump, fill a five-gallon bucket with water and pour it slowly around the sump pump. The pump should kick on once the water level reaches a predetermined level below the basement floor. If the pump doesn't turn on, it may be either clogged or damaged. 

When sump pumps fail, water comes into your house that can be significantly contaminated. SERVPRO of Bismarck's technicians are trained to evaluate your home's building materials to determine which materials can be saved, and which must be removed. 

Building materials that are not salvageable that are not removed can support microbial growth. Salvageable materials that are exposed to the water for too long can also be destroyed. 

If you have any questions, call SERVPRO of Bismarck for your water emergency. With our trained professionals and specialized equipment, we will make it "Like it never even happened".  

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