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  • Writer's pictureTodd Handler

The Need for a Basement Backup Sump Pump

Updated: Jun 12, 2023

At times, it may seem that the rain won’t stop. And when it keeps raining, there is always a chance of flooding in your basement, or even your garage and entire home! Therefore, it’s a prudent decision to install a basement backup sump pump. The water from your basement and garage is removed and put into the home’s waste water system or back out into a safe area outside the home.

The sump pump is a term used to describe a tiny pump put into a pit within your basement, garage, or any other underground area. Not only does the basement backup sump pump keep the basement dry, but also the entire home as a whole. It simply redirects the water from the home to a storm water drain or waste area.

Advantages of a sump pump

1. Reduces threats due to mold and mildew- Any damp space is an open invitation for mildew and molds. By keeping your home dry, it prevents the formation of these harmful spores. If there is no sump pump, the water levels in the lowest part of your home will increase. You will not just be subject to unpleasant odors, but also to health threats.

2. Prevents damages due to flooding- Pretty simple, no water and no flooding means no damage. Sometimes heavy rain pushes a lot of water into basements. With the intensity and frequency of severe storms increasing, better to act now then wait until there is a problem.

3. Decreases the chances of electrical fires- Water accumulation in the basement can get into the electrical boxes and short circuit them, possibly leading to fires. Sumps help avoid this accumulation and thereby prevent the chances of such fires.

4. Finishing the basement- Sump pumps give homeowners the chance to finish their basement. Construction may have been halted during the rainy season, but not after a sump pump is installed.

Top reasons to use a backup sump pump for your basement

These sumps can be used when primary sump pumps fail. Here are the reasons why you must have one:

1) These are battery operated and are highly useful in case of a power outage

2) They can start pumping water automatically if the primary pump has failed

3) In case there is too much volume of water and the primary sump is just not able to keep pace, the backup will be activated for assistance

4) If there is a stuck float switch, the battery backup system will be activated automatically

Types of sump pump models

Sump pumps are available in the form of two main models:

1. Submersible- The pump and the motor is part of the same unit here. They remain closed and submerged within a basin present in your basement. By virtue of being in the water basin, they are quieter and save space within the basement.

2. Upright- These pumps have long rods with floats at the end to turn their switches off or on. They are installed on pedestals that help them remain outside water.

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