Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Sump Pump Woes

Our much needed rain has finally come around and, unfortunately, it seems to be catching up quickly. Therefore, we’re sure you have made sure your sump pumps are equipped and ready for the upcoming storms so you won’t have to make that wonderful insurance call for your flooded basement. 

But what if your power goes out?
 Below are a few options to consider so you don’t have that panicked, pit-in-the-stomach feeling when the lights go out. 

  • Back-up battery sump pump that allows the pump to run while you do not have power to your house. While this seems to be a great solution, this would only allow for short outages (about 4 hours) as with any battery, they die over time.  During an extended power outage this would not be your best option.

  • Homes with reliable public water supply of 40 to preferably 100 p.s.i. might want to consider a water pressure pump system.  Non-electric, this pump relies on the natural water pressure of your fresh water system to operate a vacuum that slowly removes water from the basin.  It’s nearly 2 to 3 times the cost of a regular system, but may perform better over time. 

  • If none of these options are for you, a generator can provide practically continuous power for as long as the fuel is available. These can cost anywhere from $400-$2,000 depending on running watts and mobility.