Sumps and Backup Systems

Redi Rooter Sumps and Backup Systems

Basements flood. It’s a reality that those of us with basements in our homes try to avoid. In most cases, if you have a basement, you can expect anything from some dampness to a small leak to a full-fledged flood. These generally happen when gutters are incorrectly sloped or something else occurs that causes rainwater to remain too close to the home’s foundation.

As a result, homeowners who are eager to avoid flooding must come up with a solution for this problem. That solution is usually the installation of a sump pump or back-up system.

What is a sump pump?

A sump pump is a submersible device that BC Redi Rooter can install in a pit dug at the lowest point of your basement. The pump generally remains in stand-by mode until it’s needed, which may be during a heavy rain or another occurrence that causes excess groundwater, which then flows towards the pit and fills it with water. This triggers the sump pump float switch and the pump will turn on and start to do its job.

As the pump drains the water, it stops it from rising to the level of your basement floor, which prevents flooding. The result is a dry basement and no damage caused by excess water.

What is a back-up system?

A battery back-up pump goes into acDon when your primary sump pump fails, which can happen for a number of reasons including power outages, a stuck float switch, or some other type of malfunction. For that reason, a battery back-up system is a wise idea.

Because it runs on battery power, this kind of system will activate during a power outage and will automatically begin pumping in the event of a primary pump failure of any sort. The battery back-up can also be used to assist the primary pump when it simply can’t keep up with the volume of incoming water. That means two devices will be helping your basement stay dry.

Why do I need these devices?

A sump pump and/or a battery back-up system will:

  • Stop flooding
  • Safeguard your basement appliances such as a washer or dryer
  • Reduce mold and mildew
  • Keep your foundation dry and intact
  • Protect paint and other wall coverings as well as floor coverings
  • Improve air quality
  • Assist you in meeting insurance requirements

For more information on the installation of sumps and back-up systems for your basement, contact the experts at BC Redi Rooter for more details, including pricing.

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