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What Should I Do if my Sump Pump Fails?

Oct 24 ,2018
Broken sump pump. Northern’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning.

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Sump pumps are crucial installations to so many homes today. If they fail on you, you could be faced with a major flood in your home, costing a hefty amount in water damage that almost always lead to mold and other complications. Here are things you should consider putting into place ahead of time just in case your sump pump malfunctions, according to the Star Tribune.

Have a Backup Sump Pump Battery System

When it comes to a vital machine like a sump pump, which is designed to keep water out of your basement, you should consider the implementation of a backup battery system that is fully charged and ready to go in the event that your original one fails. Backup sump pump battery systems are especially innovative because they come with a dormant backup pump that will spring into action if yours unexpectedly fails. It sits above the primary pump and is a worthwhile investment.

Consider Installing a Hydraulic Pump

Hydraulic pumps are a fantastic route to take with sump pumps. In the event of a standard pump failing, a hydraulic pump is not battery powered. It functions based solely on water pressure, so if you lose power in a substantial storm, you do not have to be concerned that your sump pump will not function properly. You won’t have to worry about continually checking the battery to see if it needs to be charged, and you do not need to have a backup battery system. The Star Tribune notes, however, that while these machines offer peace of mind if we are hit with major storms, they are slower to drain, which is important to keep in mind.

Sump Pump Experts at Northern’s

At Northern’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, we are experts at the installation, service, and repair of sump pumps. We know how crucial these innovations are in keeping basements comfortable and dry, and we want to preserve them as long as possible. If you have questions about sump pumps or would like to schedule a sump pump service, call us today at 763-412-1197. We are based in Ramsey and serve the Minneapolis area.

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