Drought or no drought, it doesn’t take much rain or melting snow to raise the alarm against the possibility of a flooded basement. That’s especially true if you live in a low-lying area or your home is prone to basement flooding for any other reason.
Once upon a time, a sump pump was considered enough of a defense against encroaching rain provided it was regularly serviced and the power stayed on. That’s right: main sump pumps run on electricity so while they’re your friend in need almost always, there of zero value should you suffer a power outage.
Well, the plumbing industry has answered the call by developing two types of back-up sump pumps that don’t run on electricity: battery-powered and water-powered. Which of the two is better largely depends on who you talk to, but they both do an effective job of picking up where your main sump pump leaves off – literally.
You see, in the event of a power outage or a shut-down by your main sump pump for any other reason, your back-up pump will start automatically and keep operating either until your main pump is re-enabled or there’s no more water to be discharged from your basement.
According to U.S. Waterproofing, a water-powered back-up can remove up to 800 gallons of water per hour with a vertical lift of 1o feet, while a battery-powered back-up can remove up to 2,000 gallons per hour with the same lift. There are other differences but, unless you live in a flood zone, you really can’t go wrong with either.
To learn more about protecting your basement from water incursion, contact CT Mechanical Solutions. We have a dry basement solution for your home or business, too.