3 Reasons Why a Back Up Sump Pump Should be Your New Best Friend
Life doesn’t always go the way you planned. Someday, when you least expect it, your sump pump is going to fail; and they fail for many reasons. Maybe there’s a power outage or there’s a jammed float switch. It can even be something as simple as the sump pump coming unplugged. Regardless of what causes it to fail, because nothing is completely fool-proof, it will fail someday. The result is going to be a huge and expensive mess that can be avoided by installing a backup sump pump.
Damage To The Home
Every year, there are millions of dollars lost because of flood damage to homes. What many homeowners don’t realize is that for most, their homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover damage from groundwater flooding. For others, there may be coverage, but that coverage is very minimal, at best. A backup sump pump will automatically take over once your main sump pump fails. So, if flooding were to occur while you were at work, or on vacation, your house will still be protected. Installing a backup sump pump will give you peace of mind that in the event that your main sump pump does fail, your home will be protected. You will avoid shelling out the money for repairs to your basement.
Loss Of Valuables
You use your basement for many things. Maybe some of it is junk that you’d be perfectly fine parting with at the next garage sale. But many of us store things in the basement that have deep sentimental value. It could be old family photo albums or Christmas decorations that have been passed down from generation to generation. As a matter of fact, if you have owned your home for a long time, you could have antiques in your possession and not even know about them. These types of memories are not replaced, even with homeowner insurance money. One instance of flooding changes everything in a moment. When you install a backup sump pump, you can rest assured that your memories are protected against damage and will be there for you in years to come.
Flooding Is Common
Regardless of where you live, all 50 states are at risk for flooding. Floods and flash floods can happen anywhere. No one is immune to this disaster. Because of that simple fact, it is best to be prepared so that you will save yourself thousands of dollars later on. The average water damage claim is $4024. Some of these claims are paid, but a great deal of them are not paid, or are not paid in full. It is a very risky “throw of the dice” to assume that yours will be paid in the event of a flood and damage to your basement.
Many people who are concerned about their main sump pump failing opt to get a generator for back up power. The problem with that solution is that fully automatic generators are very expensive. Unless yours is fully automatic, you have to be present when there is a problem to operate it. This is simply not possible all of the time. A much simpler solution is to have a backup sump pump installed so that you won’t have to waste time worrying about water damage. After all, it only takes about an inch of water to cause you problems.
Being a homeowner is one of the greatest privileges you can have in the United States. You worked hard to acquire the home you have now. The responsibility lies with you to make sure your home, your family, and your possessions are protected. A backup sump pump will save you countless dollars down the road, along with a lot of grief and stress and aggravation.
Sobieski serves Wilmington, Delaware and the surrounding areas. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC & plumbing systems).
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