Every week I will give you guys a home maintenance tip that you can do to keep your home well maintained throughout the year saving yourselves some money along the way.
These tips are through the the eyes of a licensed home inspector, and they are some of the things that typically “pop up” in a home inspection.
Today’s tip will be focused on sump pumps.
A sump pump’s main purpose is remove water that has accumulated in a water-collecting sump basin, commonly found in the basements of homes. The water may enter via the perimeter drains of a basement waterproofing system, funneling into the basin, or because of rain or natural ground water, if the basement is below the water table level.
Sump pumps plug into electrical outlets and rely on electricity to operate. So what happens when the power goes out during a big rainstorm? You guessed it.....your sump pump does not kick on and your finished basement gets flooded costing you thousands of dollars in water damage.
Today's tip is to have a water pressure backup sump pump installed. As long as you have water pressure into your home from the city supply, your sump pump will continue to operate even during power outages. The only real downfall to this system are that they are somewhat costly to have installed (roughly $500), and if you have well water, then this is not an option for you.
If you are on a well, I would recommend getting a battery backup for your sump pump with a few spare, fully charged batteries.
The cost of the installation of a water powered sump pump backup system will definitely be much much lower than the cost of damage from a flood.
My name is Chris Dallaglio and I'm the owner of Total Eclipse Inspections LLC. I'm a licensed Home Inspector, Radon Measurement Professional, U.S. Dept of Energy Home Energy Score Assessor, part-time blogger.