With the current state of drought in the Midwest reaching record levels, flooding may be the last thing on your mind. Most of us are so focused on the lack of rain that we forget what will happen when it comes. But eventually rain will return to Kansas City. The skies will open, and we will see the kind of downpour that we’re used to in the warmer months. And when that happens, we at Gordon Energy & Drainage want to make sure you are prepared for the storm.
This summer, you may have forgotten about your sump pump, focusing more on your air conditioner, but when was the last time you considered this machine and its condition? These are the home-saving pieces of equipment that keep the water out of your basement and are necessary parts of just about every structure. But just like everything else, sump pumps have their quirks and can fail at the least opportune moments.
With such dry soil this summer, all it will take will be one good rain to cause a variety of flood problems. The soil won’t be able to absorb a massive amount of moisture that falls quickly, which will cause flooding in areas of Kansas City. If your home is prone to floods and relies heavily on a sump pump during normal conditions, we encourage you to consider adding a backup sump pump to your home.
Normal sump pumps fail for a variety of reasons, the first being power outages. This is one of the most common reasons why homeowners install battery-operated backup sump pumps. Should the electricity go out during a storm, they don’t have to worry about the water level in their sump basin overflowing. The backup pump kicks in and takes over preventing basement flooding. It’s a highly beneficial piece of emergency equipment that can (and most likely will) save you thousands of dollars.
The second reason sump pumps fail is simply because it wears out or just plain quits. Let’s face it, machines all stop working after a time, and sump pumps are no different. Eventually they will stop running, and you’ll be left to find out the hard way through a basement flood. If, however, you have that backup option, you won’t have to worry about this worst-case scenario. You’ll be covered when your sump pump runs its last cycle and let the backup keep you from costly water damage.
The last main factor that determines sump pump failure is the size of the storm. Here in the Midwest, we can get some pretty nasty weather, and every once in a while it will be too much for a regular sump pump to handle. It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen, and the results can be costly. Once again…It’s a great reason to back up the sump pump. Just like in sports, when the starting player can’t get the job done, you have to have a sub who can come off the bench and save the game.
This summer, while you’re praying for rain, we encourage you take the chance to prepare for its return. Consider the condition of your sump pump and investigate the option of a backup. While we’ll be here for you if you need us in a disaster, we at Gordon Energy & Drainage know you’d prefer not to have to make that call. Instead, make the easier call to us to check out one of our StormPro backup sump pumps. By making that choice, we know you’ll save a lot of money, a lot of damage, a lot of time and, most importantly, a lot of sanity.