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The flooding of a basement can be devastating. You not only have to deal with the shock of having your personal belongings damaged, but also cleaning up and drying out the basement. In the midst of all the havoc, you also have to think of what your next step will be to prevent this disaster from ever occurring again.

One of the best ways of keeping your basement dry is by installing a drainage system that includes a sump pump. The pump will remove water from the basement before it has the chance to cause any damage.

One Is Never Enough

Admittedly, installing a sump pump and drainage system is a big investment. However, a lot could still go wrong with your new drainage system. It is therefore important to invest in a battery backup sump pump.

Primary sump pumps fail for various reasons. A back up pump will help to ensure that your basement doesn’t flood when the following happens:

  1. Power goes out

Power outage is common during thunderstorms. Trees may fall on power lines or the power may be turned off to prevent damage during thunderstorms. Primary sump pumps are usually A/C power operated. This means that when the mains power goes out, the pump stops working. If this occurs in the middle of a thunderstorm, your basement will flood.

The answer is to ensure that you have a battery backup sump pump. This pump will kick in when the primary pump stops working due to power outage. You can therefore have peace of mind that one of your pumps will be working even during a power outage.

  1. Pump failure

Sump pumps are like any other machine. They fail every once in a while. You may not realize that your primary sump pump has failed until it’s too late. You’ll end up with a flooded basement as indication of the failure of your sump pump.

However, with a backup sump pump, you can prevent flooding while you figure out what to do about the failure of your primary sump pump.

  1. Inability to keep up with the inflow

There may be times when the primary sump pump is unable to keep up with the inflow of water e.g. during a storm. It pays to have a backup pump to provide additional support to the primary sump pump.

  1. Faulty or stuck float switch

Sump pumps are activated by a float switch. If the switch gets stuck, it will not activate the sump pump. However, the backup sump pump will kick in and prevent flooding even when the primary sump pump doesn’t turn on.

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