Sump Pumps with battery back up pump
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|Because it's out of sight, many homeowners often forget about their sump pumps until it's too late and they're standing knee-deep in water," says David L. Weiner, executive director of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Information Bureau, an industry group.
The sump pump, he points out, is a crucial line of defense against water seepage and flooding. He recommends checking out the pump every year as part of your regular spring cleaning routine.
Taking appropriate caution in working around water and electricity, follow this checklist from PHCIB:
If you're in an area often affected by power outages, especially during severe thunderstorms, a battery-powered backup sump pump may be a good idea, says the PHCIB. This kind of pump will kick on if the primary pump shuts down or fails. When power is restored, the battery-operated pump stops. Some models automatically recharge themselves.
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