Sump pumps are something you may think of for industrial buildings, municipal buildings, or homes that may be located along waterfronts. You may not think of them as something that should be considered for residential areas that are in high risk areas for flooding due to severe weather conditions, such as hurricanes. If you live in one of these areas, you may want to consider these key points about sump pumps and sump pump installation.
Drilling and Digging
One of the things you will need to consider is the location of the sump pump and if digging a sump pump pit is even an option. If you are below a certain water level then you may not be able to dig a pump pit without flooding your own area. This issue does not prevent you from having a sump pump. It simply means that you may be looking at different sump pump options for your specific location and situation. Drilling and digging for the pit may be required, regardless of the options available to you. This does mean you may need to have some minor construction done to your basement in order to house the pump.
Back-up Sump Pump
An option that you need to seriously consider, especially for power outages, is a generator or battery backup sump pump that can help remove the water in the basement area in emergencies. This back-up is vital for homes that are in areas that are not only prone to flooding, but may be prone to power outages lasting longer than a few hours when heavy storms enter the area. Keep in mind, there are a number of generator options to help power the backup sump pump. You may also have the option of creating a backup generator option that is connected directly to your main sump pump to avoid a second pump if space is a consideration.
There are some instances where you may be able to choose the power source for your sump pump. This is ideal for homes that may have longer power outages during storms or if you may not be at the home because it is a seasonal home. The power options are electrical power or water power. A water power option works based on the weight of the water present around the pump. The pump will automatically kick on and begin pumping out the water, once the water is detected.
If you still aren't sure what type of sump pump set-up you need, or if you need help with sump pump installation steps, contact your local contractor. They can give you pricing and further assistance to get the system that you need for your specific home and location. For more information, contact companies like Rite-Way Waterproofing.