When the appliances keeping your home safe and livable are functioning, you will forget about them. Out of sight, out of mind. But when these basic necessities fail, you’ll notice very quickly. Almost every house is susceptible to basement flooding, even though each one is equipped with a sump pump, which takes water around the foundation of your home and send it further away. For the same reasons we take precautionary measures, a backup sump pump is going to protect you when you need it most.
Keeping your home safe and dry
Basement flooding can cause expensive damage to your home, damaging your possessions along the way. Standing water is unsanitary for a number of reasons:
- It encourages mould growth indoors
- It introduces parasites that live in water into your home
- It brings a watery environment for pests to live in into the basement
If you live with children or the elderly, they’re more susceptible to health risks. Once your basement is flooded, there will be a huge clean up effort in addition to plumbing bills so prevention is going to be cheaper and easier in the long run.
Power outages in your city
Blackouts are beyond your control, and if you live in a city with aging infrastructure, you may be susceptible to frequent power loss. Unlike some other utilities, the sump pump that was installed in your home relies on electricity to run. A prolonged loss of power means that water can collect in the sump basin and enter your home. You may find yourself dealing with a flooded basement, using a flashlight and a bucket to manually remove the water.
Rain, rain, go away
In areas that can experience high levels of precipitation in short periods, homes are also at risk of sump pump failure. More water will collect in the sump basin near homes, meaning the pump will be doing more work to empty it out. Additional wear and tear means a shorter life span, so you’ll have to increase your preparedness. You should also consider getting a backup sump pump if your house has a sump basin that’s large or fills up regularly.
There are other ways that a sump pump can fail, such as localized power issues, as excess power use leading to a tripped circuit breaker or a blown fuse. Blockages can also develop from frozen water or other material.
To prevent these issues from causing major damage to your home, a battery backup sump pump is the ideal solution. For more information, contact our team directly!