Why a Backup Sump Pump Makes a Great Investment

December 23, 2015

Here in the Oklahoma City area, we’re no stranger to thunderstorms and heavy rains. Homeowners typically rely on electric-powered sump pumps to protect their basements or crawl spaces from flooding during these times. But if the storm knocks the power out, your primary pump won’t work and your basement could flood. That’s why installing a backup sump pump is a smart investment, so you can rest assured that your basement or crawl space will stay safe and dry.

Leaky Foundation

What Does a Sump Pump Do?

A sump pump keeps groundwater from invading your home’s basement or crawl space. When snow melts or there are heavy rains, or even if you overwater your lawn, excess water can build up outside the foundation. If left unchecked, the water will seep through your home’s foundation and cause costly damage like cracks, mold, or even a flood.

To prevent this, an underground channel runs around the perimeter of your home to collect this extra ground water and drain it into the sump pump “pit” or basin. Then, the sump pump moves this water up and out of your home, away from the foundation.

Why Do I Need a Backup Sump Pump?

The simplest reason to invest in a backup sump pump is peace of mind, because you’ll have added protection from a flood in your basement or crawl space. Repairing water damage in your home could cost thousands of dollars. You’ll be also be able to avoid the hassle and expense of replacing your furniture, flooring and other belongings.

A water-powered or battery-powered backup sump pump will take over in the event that your primary pump fails. Even if the power stays on, your primary pump’s impeller could become jammed or damaged by debris, the float switch could get stuck, or there could simply be too much water for the pump to handle on its own.