“Do I Need a Back-up Sump Pump to Prevent Basement Flooding?”

blogHere in the Greater Memphis area, we face the prospect of severe weather all year round.  And while the amenities of life far outweigh the negatives, it’s still wise to be on your guard, just in case.

Well, one of our frequent “just in case” events is heavy rain followed by basement flooding.  Not that all homes are susceptible, mind you.  But if you’re taking the time to read this blog, we suspect yours is one of them.

So here’s our best advice.  If you don’t already have a main sump pump, by all means get one installed in your basement.  But the story doesn’t end there.  That’s because main sump pumps run on electricity.  So any time heavy rain is accompanied by a power outage, your sump is rendered useless until power is restored.

But you can spare yourself the added worry by also equipping your home with a back-up sump pump, of which there are two types:  battery powered, and water powered.  Whichever one you choose, your back-up pump will turn on once it senses the main pump has shut down and will continue to run until electrical power is restored.

Here at Service Pros, we normally recommend water-powered back-up sump pumps.  The best available units can remove up to 1,324 gallons of water per hour and are the only pumps compatible with ¾” municipal water supply pipes.

A water-powered sump pump requires no battery, no power, and has no moving parts. As long as your well or city water supply is working, a water-powered sump pump will operate for as long as it needs to.

For more information or to arrange a free in-home consultation and quote to help protect your basement from flooding, contact Service Pros today.


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