The Best Sump Pump Backup? Exton Home Inspector Explains!

Reblogger Michael J. Perry
Real Estate Agent with KW Elite

After reading this blog post, I knew I had to protect my lower level in case we lost our electric(during a heavy rainfall). These last couple of days have been more than challenging on people's basements. I hope this reblog is helpful !!!

Original content by David Artigliere

The Best Sump Pump Backup? Exton Home Inspector Explains!


shop vacSpring is almost here and we know it from all the rain the past few days.  Several of my friends have had to rain stormstand by with their mighty shop-vac in preparation for that dreaded basement water.  



A solution for basement water is getting a sump pump, but many people don't understand about the best sump pump BACKUP until it's too late.  This is not something you want to find out the hard way! 



In case you aren't familiar with sump pumps, they are an electronic device used to remove water that has sump pumpaccumulated in a water collecting sump pit.  This pit is a small hole dug into the floor of the basement. Sump pumps are used in cases of moderate basement flooding which can happen for a number of reasons.  Perhaps the basement in located below the water table level or is located in a area likely to flood in general.  Sump pumps send water away from a house to any place where it is no longer problematic.  



Now, let's talk about the best sump pump backup systems out there.  Sure, there are battery backup systems which sound an alarm when the battery is getting low, but what if you are on vacation and there is no one home to hear the alarm?  You may come home to find a swimming pool in the basement. Or what if you do not want to be bothered with worrying about replacing the battery if it runs out?

Are there other back-up systems?  The good news is that there are!

Backup Sump Pump

As an Exton Home Inspector, I came across what I would consider one of the best sump pump backup systems in homes today... water powered!  You can see in the picture above, if you look in the sump pit, the round white float belongs to the primary sump pump.  Let's say this home loses electricity during a thunderstorm and the sump pump doesn't get activated (because it has no electricity), the water level would rise to the second float.  Because the backup system is powered by the home's main water supply instead of electricity, the owners live to see another dry basement day!



Spring is almost here!  Don't delay.. protect your basement today! 

If you are thinking of selling your home and need a professional real estate inspection of your home before putting it on the market, call David Artigliere with ARTI Home Inspections at (610)220-1907.  He is not only an Exton Home Inspector, but works all over Surrounding Southeastern PA.


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David Artigliere
Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia - Collegeville, PA
ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect

Thanks for the reblog, Michael!  These past few days have really tested our dry basement!  Stay dry!

Sep 08, 2011 09:30 AM #1
Celesta Funk
KELLER WILLIAMS Realty - Millersville, PA

It seems like everyone's basement was filling up with water when Lee passed over ! This would be a must if you have a finished basement.

Sep 30, 2011 08:34 PM #2
Don Hess
KW Elite Keller Williams 1280 Plaza Blvd. Lancaster, PA 17601 - Quarryville, PA

It seems that no matter the terrain you live on, sooner or later water finds its way inside. Great information Mike!

Dec 24, 2011 01:32 AM #3
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