If you have a basement or crawlspace, odds are you have a sump pump to
protect your home or building from flooding. While sump pumps are extremely
effective and useful, they are not immune to certain external factors.
One of these factors is a power outage.
Losing power during a storm can be a lethal combination for your
sump pump. That's because a standard sump pump loses its ability to function
while water is falling from the sky and building up around the foundation
of your home.
What Happens When Your Sump Pump Loses Power?
If your sump pump loses power and quits working, you may not know it until
your basement is damaged or flooded. If you are lucky enough to realize
it has stopped working in a prompt manner, do you have a working backup
plan in place? If not, you may have an expensive, aggravating problem
on your hand.
The Back Up Plan
The good news for home owners is that there are a few different types of
back up plans available. Some of the most popular include:
Secondary Electric Pump. In case your primary sump pump fails, it's a good idea to have a secondary
electric pump on hand and ready to go. The secondary pump can be installed
a little higher in the sump basket than your primary pump and will kick
on in case of failure. Many people go this route thinking they are covered,
but remember: an electric pump will not work during a power outage. While
the secondary pump will help in other cases of failure, it's not of
much value in a power outage situation.
Battery Backup. The most common backup is a battery operated sump pump. These systems
contain heavy batteries that resemble large car batteries. This sump pump
also sits a little higher in the basket than the primary pump and will
work during a power outage. This is an extremely helpful option and could
save you thousands of dollars of flood damage during a power outage.
Hydraulic Pump. Another option is adding a hydraulic powered pump. These are powered by
the water pressure coming into your home and don't need a charged
battery to work. These are especially valuable in extended power outage
In addition to having a backup plan, it's always a smart idea to have
an alarm installed in your sump basket. This alarm would sound off when
the water level in your sump basket exceeds normal capacity. This lets
you know when a potential problem is approaching and ensures you are prepared
for action. These can usually be purchased for a few dollars at a local
hardware or plumbing store.
At Eco Plumbers, we are committed to prompt, professional plumbing services.
W\e believe in providing our customers with extensive options that are
both environmentally friendly and price conscious. We offer a number of
energy-saving products, free in-home inspections, and a standard one year warranty on all service
and remodel projects. Additionally, we recycle all materials, waste, and
scrap from every job site and purchase only American-made tools and supplies.
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