‘Tis the season for erratic spring storms and prolonged rainfall. Sump pumps are your main line of defense against basement flooding. That doesn’t mean, however, it’s invincible against the elements. On top of that, are you prepared if the power goes out and your sump pump is not usable? Here’s the lowdown on sump pumps and backups so you don’t make any assumptions and end up in the dark.
How a Sump Pump Works
A sump pump is a small pump installed in the crawlspace or lowest point of your basement in specifically constructed pits. The pump keeps the surrounding area dry by allowing water to flow into the sump pit via drain or natural water movement through the soil. It then pumps the water out of the pit and away from the house or building to remain dry.
Some common problems with sump pumps are:
Overworked pumps: One pump isn’t always enough, but that doesn’t make two any better. Plastic pumps are known for overheating, so ensuring you have a reputable, sturdy pump is step one in basement flooding prevention.
It won’t stop running: Sometimes people are surprised to find their pump running all the time. This could lead to an overworked pump that tires out quickly.
Clogged sump pumps: Because of the positioning of sump pumps, they’re liable to clog with dirt and other debris that gathers in your basement.
Since rain is (unfortunately) inevitable this time of year, it’s a good time to make sure your sump pump is working properly and identify problems before they cause serious trouble.
When a larger-than-life storm hits and the power goes out or circuit breaks, your sump pump could lose power, too, because it’s battery-run. If your sump pump fails, it’s important to have a backup to prevent backflow.
Backflow occurs when unwanted water flows in the opposite direction it’s supposed to, creating a contaminated mess that seeps pump pit water into your town’s clean water source. If you live in an area with frequent backflow problems, let Stephen’s certified inspectors take a look and make the best recommendation.
A battery backup is a reliable way to ensure your water system runs smoothly no matter the weather. They are actually the most versatile solution to failed sump pumps because most homes, if not all, can use them. The battery allows your sump pump to run for 8-12 hours, depending on the size of the battery. Some are actually quite powerful and installation is a breeze for plumbing professionals. While there’s still some calm before the storm, make sure you’re prepared and have the tools necessary to protect your basement and home.