Is Your Sump Pump Ready for the Rain


Have you ever heard the saying “April Showers Bring May Flowers”? We have. That saying rings true every year in the spring because that is the rainy season. As the rainy season is upon us Polestar has a few quick facts about sump pumps and why you should make sure yours is prepared for the upcoming rainy weather.


  1. The life expectancy of an average sump pump is 4-6 years.
    • While it is great if your pump lives longer than that, it is living on borrowed time. It’s best to consult with a Polestar Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning if you don’t know if your pump can make it through another rainy season.
  2. A sump pump can either be all electrical or have a battery backup system.
    • Typically we recommend utilizing a battery backup system because if your power goes out during a storm and your basement begins to flood, your pump will be no help to you until such time as the power comes back on. In extreme cases this could be days. A battery backup will help you keep standing water out of your basement.
  3. Those pumps get HOT!!!
    • Just the other day we had a customer replace their sump pump. Their drainage line was backed up and because of that, the motor burned itself out by constantly running. When we got there we inspected the basin with the motor in it. The motor got so hot it turned all of the water in the container to steam.
    • A sump pump that is running consistently can become hotter than 200 degrees! If your pump has been running consistently, or has had power going to it, make sure you give it a little time to cool off before you try to handle it.

We recommend that you get your sump pump checked annually to avoid any complications in the middle of the night during the rainiest time of the year. Another thing we’d recommend is to call Polestar for the installation of your new sump pump if you need one. Like we said, the average life of one of those pumps is 4-6 years. We have very reasonable rates which include a basin cleaning, check valve, battery backup (If you want to add one on), and a whole home plumbing inspection. Call 913-432-3342 or use our online scheduler to set up your appointment today!

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