Springtime is here which means the weather is finally getting warmer… but it also means rain, rain, and more rain. Rain can be a good thing, but it can also cause damage if you aren’t prepared for it. Here are a few ways to make sure that your sump pump is prepared for this rainy season.
Main Sump Pump
The main sump pump is used to send any unwanted water away from your house to a place where it won’t cause any problems. This place is usually a dry well or a municipal storm drain. The main sump pump is essential to any home with a basement to prevent any flooding.
Backup Sump Pump
The backup sump pump is used for the exact same reason as the regular sump pump but as you may have guessed it’s the back up for when the first sump pump fails. The reasons for failure can be the age of the main sump pump or if the water coming in is too much for the main to handle.
The battery backup is another essential to have during the rainy season, the battery backup for your sump pumps will help to ensure that even if you lose power your sump pumps will still drain excess water away from your home.
The issue that you may run into with a battery backup is that the batteries only have a certain number of hours on each charge. The particular one we have is a two-battery backup with a total of 12 hours on the batteries.
Our final recommendation would be to invest in a whole house generator. The whole house generators are foolproof, meaning that even if you lose power, within about 15 seconds your house will have power again. This will lower the risk of any flooding in your house significantly.
Be sure to take a good look at your sump pump and backups. We also recommend testing to make sure everything is in working order before it comes time to use it!
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