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Spring is a particularly challenging time of the year for basements because of sump pump failures and the water damage caused as a result. In this article, we will consider some of the core elements you should consider when looking to avoid water damage in your basement.
But, before we get into the specifics, let us consider the different types of sump pumps.
Types of Sump Pumps
These pumps create a ‘lid’ on top of a sump pit in your basement while the pump itself is submerged underwater. If the water level rises beyond a certain point, the pump becomes active and starts discharging water outdoors.
These are used with shallow sump pits where the motor is installed above the basement floor while a hose pumps all the water out of the pit.
Combination of Sump Pump Systems
In these systems, the submersible pump is plugged into your household electrical outlet while a secondary pump is positioned above the primary pump powered by a rechargeable battery. The two motors make it more effective at pumping water out.
Water-Powered Sump Pumps
These pumps utilize your home’s water supply system. There is a float valve that rises with water and effectively opens a valve that sends municipal water through the bass pump ejector. The flowing water creates suction to draw excess water from your sump pit up and out, discharging it outdoors. These systems do not rely on electricity and, therefore, can be extremely valuable in case of power outages.
Tips to Avoiding Water Damage
We recommend filling a 5-gallon bucket once a month and pouring it into the pit to make sure it is operating properly. Ask a friend or family member to go outside to make sure that the water is discharging from the discharge pipe while it is pumping.
You should also consider testing the battery backup system or investing in a portable or whole-home generator.
Insuring Your Home Against Sump Pump Failure
There are many factors involved when it comes to buying insurance, one of which includes sump pump failure. Consider what your current insurance policy is offering at least once every year and get a clear understanding of what your policy coverage includes.
Also, consider the policy limits for sump pump failure and the maximum coverage you get for repairing water damage, structural and personal contents.
Major Restoration is always ready and waiting to help you with any questions you may have. We urge you to give us a call if you are confused, especially if your sump pump is not working. We are always happy to help!