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Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 by Cynthia Freeney
Anyone who ever had a flooded basement knows about the hassle it can be and the hole it can dig in your budget. There is the damaged property, the possible structural damage, the health concerns, the expensive and difficult clean up.
What a lot or people don't know is that with the right sump pump system, you can actually prevent basement floods all the time, or at least, reduce the risks of ever having a flooded basement to statistical insignificance.
A sump pump is always your first line of defense against basement flood. Anyone who has a basement, should have a sump pump, even if only to have it running for a few days every year, during heavy rains.
However, one must keep in mind that pumps are mechanical devices and the best pump in the world can eventually fail to perform as expected, for a number of reasons. Things like a mechanic failure, a faulty switch, a tripped circuit breaker, an accidentally unplugged cord, or a power outage can render an electric pump useless.
This is why investing in a state-of-the art backup sump pump system. like our award-winning TripleSafe,is extremely important if you want to keep your basement dry all the time.
There are two types of backup systems available today:
There are water powered backup sump pumps, which rely on a consistent water supply to operate (usually the city's). Not recommended if your water is supplied by a well with an electric pump of course. It will be out of commission if there is a power outage.
There are also battery-operated back up sump pump systems. A good system will usually come mounted in a container that accommodates both pumps, an automatic switch system that will cause it to kick in when the electric pump is out of service, and an alarm to let you know when one pump stops and the other kicks in.
TripleSafe's three pumps might seem like overkill for some, but if you store valuables or use your basement as extra living space, compute the hassle and cost involved in cleaning up and replacing flood damaged property. You'll realize that a three pump system actually makes a lot of sense.
If you live in Eastern Pennsylvania, including Allentown, Bethlehem, Warminster, Norristown, Pottstown, Reading, Philadelphia & Abington PA; Trenton or Ewing, NJ contact BQ Basement Systems for a Free Estimate and find out how affordable it is to have a flood free basement year round...and the peace of mind that goes along with it.