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What Exactly are Sump Pumps?

What's the Purpose of Having a Backup Sump Pump?

Benefits of a Backup Sump Pump

Who Can Install and Maintain My Sump Pumps?

Sump pumps are one of those household appliances that you don't think about until it isn't working. Sump pumps are an absolute necessity and most people don't even realize they have one. While one sump pump is the golden standard, it's becoming more and more common for houses to utilize multiple sump pumps.

If you're wanting a backup sump pump or are only now realizing that it's an option, you've come to the right place. Sump pump maintenance, replacement, and installation are one of our specialties and you should contact us if you're in need of any of the above.

What Exactly are Sump Pumps? 

Before you can decide whether or not you need a backup sump pump, you need to fully realize how important they are. Sump pumps are typically located in the basement of homes or on the lowest level of your place of residence. They're buried under the ground with their tops at ground level and are designed to keep your basement from flooding.

Moisture is inevitable in most locations around the country, especially in Texas. Even if you can't see it forming, moisture can trickle into your basement from appliances such as your furnace, washing machine, or air conditioner. Water is also especially common in basements with crawl spaces or foundation issues where moisture leaks in from the outside.

Water can accumulate extremely fast, especially during periods of heavy rain, and the only thing that will keep your basement from flooding is a sump pump. Water naturally drains into the reservoir of your sump pump. The sump pump is equipped with a motor and piping that carries the accumulated water from the reservoir to the outside of your home.

However, if there's a thunderstorm and your power goes out, your sump pump won't be able to do its job, which is where a backup sump pump comes in. Backup sump pumps are typically battery-operated to ensure operation during power outages. They can mean the difference between extensive water damage or a problem-free basement.

What's the Purpose of Having a Backup Sump Pump?

Having a backup sump pump is like taking out an extra insurance policy on your home. You hope that you never actually need it, but you're extremely thankful when you do. So, technically speaking, no one "needs" a backup sump pump, but it's recommended that everyone has a backup sump pump.

Power Outage

One of the most common reasons for flooded basements and water damage is power outages. Many power outages occur during thunderstorms, which means lots of rain. Power outages also mean that your electric sump pump won't work. Extensive rain and an inoperable sump pump is a recipe for disaster and can easily result in a flooded basement. No power to your sump pump can also be the result of a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker.

Clogged Exit Pipe

Water travels from your sump pump reservoir to the outside of your home via a 2 inch PVC exit pipe. If this pipe gets clogged for some reason, your sump pump will back up and won't be able to move water outside your home. This is another situation where having a backup sump pump can mean the difference between a flooded basement and a dry one.

Busted Float Switch

Your sump pump is equipped with a float switch that alerts your sump pump when it's time to activate. The float switch sits on top of the water and when it reaches a certain level inside the reservoir, it activates the pump, similar to a flushing toilet. If the float switch is busted or stuck at the bottom of the pump, it won't be able to float to the top and activate the pump motor. The result will be that your pump continues to take on the water until it overflows into your basement and floods.

Burned Out Pump

Like all electrical appliances, your sump pump motor consists of wiring, parts, and pieces that are prone to wear and tear. If your motor gives out, your pump is essentially a barrel in your basement that's taking on water. It's important to have your sump pump motor checked, tested, and serviced annually to make sure that it's working.

Benefits of a Backup Sump Pump

While preventing flooding in your basement is the main reason for a backup sump pump, there are additional benefits.

  • Big money savings

While it might cost you upfront to purchase and install the sump pump, it will pay off big time if your primary pump ever malfunctions. The amount of money that you'll spend on repairs will greatly surpass whatever you paid for your pump.

  • Protection against mold and mildew

Water damage is often what ushers in mold and mildew into your home. A backup sump pump that's battery-operated will prevent flooding, which will, in turn, prevent mold and mildew.

  • Operates around clogs

Your backup sump pump will have its own exit pipe which means that if your primary pump's exit pipe gets clogged, your backup will be there to save the day. Contact us to learn more about purchasing and installing a backup sump pump.

  • Easy installation

When you choose a backup sump pump from 1-800-Plumber + Air, installation is easy, fast, and non-invasive. The backup pump attaches to your current sump pit and kicks in only when the main one doesn't activate.

Who Can Install and Maintain My Sump Pumps?

If you're not convinced that you need a backup sump pump yet, I'm not sure what else will. Backup battery-operated sump pumps are a lifesaver if your primary pump ever gives out in the middle of a Texas rainstorm. If you're ready to take the next step in responsible homeownership, you should consider purchasing a backup sump pump.

Contact us at 1-800-Plumber + Air for top-notch sump pump maintenance, repairs, and installation. We offer 24/7 service and assistance for all of your sump pump needs.

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