Imagine – you have just moved in to your new waterfront home and all of your boxes are in the basement waiting to be opened for their contents to be placed lovingly in their new spaces throughout the house. You drift off to sleep, exhausted from the move, yet happy to begin this new chapter in your life, and fall asleep to the sound of rain pattering on your roof.
When you wake up you notice microwave flashing 12:00, but don’t pay much attention to it. Until you trek into the basement to begin unpacking – where all of your boxes are floating in 2 feet of water! How could this have happened?! You had the move-in inspection the other day and your basement was dry and your sump pump was deemed to be in perfect working order!
In this unfortunate scenario, the new homeowner may have been feeling confident in the working sump pump. However, a primary sump pump is only as good if it has a steady supply of electricity, or if it has a battery back-up system. In this case, there were heavy rains accompanied by power loss. If this new homeowner had insisted on having a battery back-up system installed prior to moving in, then this disaster could have been avoided.
Every homeowner with a basement should consider having a battery back-up system for their sump pump because the power could go out at any time, or a circuit break could be faulty or tripped causing no power to flow to your sump pump.
However, installing a battery back-up system to your primary basement sump pump should be a crucial consideration if your house sits on waterfront property (lake, river, etc), your town receives a lot of rainfall during the year, and/or the elevation of your home is at a low point on your street or property.
A back-up battery system is specially designed with a fully-charged, reliable battery that has a custom casing around it to protect it from the elements. It can sense when your primary sump pump stops working for any reason, notify you with a sounding alarm when it springs into action for up to 6 hours, and will automatically turn itself off when the power is fully restored to the primary sump pump. Battery back-up systems even self-test to ensure they are ready to function if needed.
Don’t let these scenarios happen to you! Protect your sanity, basement, and your pocketbook from future storm damage or power outages. Install a battery back-up system to your sump pump to ensure that your basement and valuables stay dry. Give the experts at Elk Grove Village Sewer & Plumbing a call today for a free evaluation and quote for all of your sump pump and battery back-up system needs.