You’ve already spent thousands of dollars and countless hours converting your cold, empty basement into comfortable living space. The last thing you need is a tidal pool of sewage infiltrating your new home office or wet bar.
It doesn't take much. A simple flash flood or cresting creek can quickly transform your new carpeting into a massive, moldy sponge.
Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to protect your basement from flooding.
Forget the kegerator or high-definition television. Your sump pump is the most important appliance in your basement since it keeps the water out. You need to make sure it stays powered during an emergency.
Emergency power comes in three forms:
Just like you wouldn't go on the road without a spare tire, you shouldn't have a primary sump pump without a backup.
Battery backup sump pumps kick in when your primary sump pump has lost power but the water continues to rush in. They run for a few hours off their battery, which will hopefully be long enough for the power to come back on.
For longer outages, even your battery backup sump pump won't help. In these instances, you need a portable generator to restore power.
With enough fuel, a portable generator should manage to power your sump pump for days. In addition, a 5,000-watt unit can get your refrigerator, furnace fan and other mission-critical appliances running.
Home standby generators give you the best of both worlds -- automatic AND long-term protection. They automatically kick on when utility power is lost and can run for days and even weeks.
Yes, they cost more. But they are the ultimate guarantee that your sump pump will stay powered and keep the water out of your home.