Hold on to your umbrella and galoshes for this one. On average, it costs $30,000 to repair the damage caused by a flooded basement. To make matters worse, these claims are often not covered under you homeowner’s insurance policy.
So, if you live in a home or neighborhood prone to flooding, what steps are you taking to keep the water out – or, if it gets in anyway, get it out as quickly as possible and before damage occurs?
As you know, the ground can absorb only so much water. After reaching its saturation point, it will either pool up on your lawn or try its best to gain entry to your basement.
If your foundation isn’t properly sealed or your home is otherwise ill-equipped to keep the rain out, here’s the next best thing: the dual protection of a main sump-pump and a battery-operated, back-up sump pump.
If you already have a main pump, you want to be sure it’s working before the next big rainstorm comes along. It’s as simple as pouring water into the sump and then turning the pump on to see if it’s still getting the job done.
If not, or if you don’t have a main sump pump, Anthony’s Plumbing, Heating & Air can quickly and efficiently install one for you. But, as effective as they are, main pumps run on electricity. That means, if you should lose power, the pump will shut off and rainwater or melting snow will remain indoors – unless, that is, you have the added protection of a battery-operated back-up sump pump. Here the kind of effectiveness a back-up pump can provide:
- Starts running as soon as the main pump shuts down
- Some models can remove up to 7,000 gallons of water for 3.5 days without a battery recharge
- If the main pump comes back online in the meantime, the battery-operated pump will shut back down
Some back-up sump pumps come with an app that alerts you by Smart Phone to conditions like these:
- The backup pump is running
- The battery can no longer keep up with water intake
- Your basement is at risk of flooding
The whole idea is to provide you with added peace of mind, plenty of time to plan your next move and, ultimately, to protect your basement from damaging flood water.
Contact Anthony’s today to learn more and for a free quote on how to protect your home from water build-up and the huge expense it potentially can cause.