Flooding and water damage are a major concern for home owners. In recent months, the downpour has caused several inches of rain to seep into basements of homes across the country. This leaves homeowners with a massive cleanup job, and insurances companies with water damage claims coming out of their ears.
Interior or exterior foundation waterproofing is one of the best ways to prevent flooding if a homeowner’s basement leaks when it rains. In addition, a French drain system, or a basement sump pump can also come in handy, helping to flush out the excess water.
But perhaps even more important is a battery backup sump pump. Here are a few reasons you will want to invest in one of these on top of your existing basement sump pump.
- Power Failure. Because sump pumps are usually electrically powered, if your house loses power because of a rain storm, you could literally be up a river without a paddle, or in this case, without a pump. If this happens, your battery sump pump will come to your rescue.
- Failed Pump. There are many reasons why your existing sump pump may stop working, such as a faulty part, an overload of water, or excess debris in the basin. If it does die on you, you don’t have to worry if you have a battery-powered sump pump to bail you out.
- Switch Malfunction. Both of the two different kinds of sump pumps — submersible or pedestal — have a switch that turns the pump on in order to activate the pump. Some of them are automatic, and others are manual, depending on the homeowner’s preference. If this switch fails to turn on, the battery sump pump will automatically start working.
It would be worth your while to have a back up installed in your basement, or even store an extra one as a back up for your back up. As they say, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Helpful sites.