If your primary sump pump is not working, it’s important to diagnose and fix the problem before your basement floods. Some issues are temporary or can be easily resolved, while other problems require replacing the entire pump.
Tag: Basement Flooding
Suffering from a flooded basement is exhausting and can cost you thousands of dollars. The property damage is extensive—ruined carpeting, drywall, water heaters, electronics, and the list goes on. And that doesn’t even include the cost to hire a flood remediation service, which can easily run more than $10,000.
Rather than waiting until after you have serious water damage, take proactive steps now to protect your home and bank account from basement flooding.
The sump pit (also known as sump, sump basin, or sump well) is a water collection hole in the floor of your basement or crawlspace. It is very common for homes in areas that get regular rain-fall or have high water tables. (Fun fact: Prior to the 15th century, “sump” meant marsh. It wasn’t until the 1650’s that the term referred to a “pit to collect water”.)
When you install a emergency backup sump pump system, you have to choose between using a independent discharge pipe solely for your backup pump or tying into the preexisting discharge pipe used by your primary sump pump.
Although it is very common to use the existing discharge pipe, an independent discharge is preferred for three important reasons: […]
We have talked with hundreds of homeowners over the years who have had their basements unexpectedly flood due to a failed battery backup sump pump system. More often than not, the culprit is a dead battery. So before you invest in a backup sump pump system, it’s important to understand exactly how long the battery in your system will last and consider alternative backup sump pump options, such as a water-powered backup sump pump. […]
A primary sump pump is the first line of defense against basement flooding. However, it is often an insufficient by itself and many homeowners have learned the hard way that in addition to the primary sump pump, a backup sump pump is also an absolute necessity.
There are three reasons why you need to install a backup sump pump system today in tandem to your primary sump pump:
- Your primary sump pump will not run during power outages
- During heavy rains, primary sump pumps will often be overwhelmed
- Primary sump pumps can unexpectedly fail
Let’s dig into each of these reasons to have a backup sump pump. […]