on Thursday, February 18, 2016 9:00:00 AM
If you're a homeowner, you're probably already aware of the importance of owning a working sump pump. A flooded basement chock full of soiled clothes and drenched furniture is a rather horrible situation to find yourself in. So it goes without saying that a sump pump is a necessary investment.
But have you thought about how important it is to own a backup sump pump? A good sump pump installation comes with a backup pump to protect your home in the situation that your main pump malfunctions.
Sump pump failure — and your sump pump will eventually fail — can happen anytime and for a plethora of reasons. Worst of all, you may not even realize that your sump pump failed before finding yourself with a flooded basement to clean.
How Does a Backup Work?
A backup sump pump works by automatically kicking into gear when your main pump fails, saving you from such hassles. A good backup would alarm you of a failed main sump pump as it activates. Normally, they're positioned right beside the main sump pump, providing a failsafe resort to power outages, blown fuses, and other main pump malfunctions. Battery powered backup pumps offer the added protection of operating for 12 to 53 hours, depending on the battery, allowing you some time to tackle the problem.
Here are a Few Reasons Why Your Sump Pump Would Fail
Electricity powers your sump pump. This essentially means that your machine isn't as invincible as you may wish for it to be. For one, it's suceptible to power outages and blown fuses. A blackout virtually renders your sump pump useless. There is also the potential that an unsually strong storm overwhelms your main sump pump by causing more water to enter the sump basin than your primary sump pump can handle. Also, a lightning strike can blow GFCI outlets, cutting the electricity supply. In such situations, your backup would automatically kick in.
Mechanical problems such as a defective float switch could prohibit your sump pump from activating when it needs to. For example, “wide angle” float switches often cause problems by getting lodged and stuck against the pump. Other problems that could affect your pump from functioning include frozen pipes and area flooding.
Likewise, your main pump could clog up and refuse to activate. A backup pump could provide you with some peace of mind in a situation where your main pump is rendered ineffective due to mechanical problems.
Sump pump defect is, unfortunately, all too common. Many inexpensive pumps are simply too small to handle larger water flow. Often, inexpensive pumps are built with less durable materials which wares out overtime and loses their efficiency. So the pump can’t continue to do what it was built to do.
In some cases, too, someone could unplug the pump without plugging it back in place. Though unfortunate, it’s an accident that happens one too many times. This leaves your goods and belongings suceptible to water damage in extreme situations such as flooded basement.
Find Out When Your Pump Is Malfunctioning
Setting a few measures in place to notify you of a faulty main sump pump can really go a long way. For one, you could install an alarm system which goes off once it detects water at the top of the sump basket. Also, a programmable voice message would call you once the water gets to the sump. And lastly, like the programmable voice call, a text message would alert three different phones when water gets into the sump.
While these measures go a long way, nothing beats installing a backup sump pump if you’re currently without one. The backup grants you the time needed to address the situation at hand.
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