Whenever it rains we usually get water in our basement. We got this shop back to take care of sucking up water and also we have 2 dogs that shed and we wanted something to take care of sweeping up dog hair without clogging a traditional vacuum. The shop vac works great for both of those tasks. It's awkward to dump water and it's not easy to do stairs. I do use it for a variety of household chores and for the most part I can make it adapt and work. I do not like the way the Outgoing air smells after using it for a water and we are constantly having to change filters but it is a workhorse.