A Great Tip on Preventing Your Basement From Flooding

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night to the sound of thunder, and wondered if your basement is flooding? It’s a scary thought, especially if it’s happened to you before. It doesn’t necessarily take an electrical storm to knock out your sump pump. In fact, it’s more often another – preventable – problem altogether.

It is absolutely critical you have an appropriate-powered pump that can handle the swells of rain we see in this area. Think back over the past five years. On numerous times throughout the year, Kentucky sees massive rainfall in short time frames. It’s not uncommon to see five to seven inches of rain in a few hours. All of that water has to go somewhere, and without a good sump pump, guess what? It’s headed for your basement.

How do I know if my sump pump is up to the job?

It’s standard for builders to put small or weak sump pumps in home. Sure, they’re up to code, but that doesn’t mean they’re up to the job. If your sump pump is less than 1 horsepower (1/3 or 1/2 are common), you should consider upgrading.

How can I prevent it?

We offer a range of models that are 1 to 1 1/2 horsepower. If you’re not sure what this means, it’s like upgrading from the 1970s hatchback to the 2015 sportscar. There is no comparison when it comes to performance. The newer models have a wealth of performance improvements, too, including non-clogging features, corrosion resistance and variable levels.

While upgrading your pump is the most important thing you can do, you can also increase the size of your crock (the hole your sump pump calls home). Having a larger and deeper crock for the pump can help, along with the correct discharge line. It’s also critical that discharge line run far enough from the house that the water is not running back onto the foundation. If your basement is prone to flooding or takes on a lot of water, you may need to consider adding another crock and pump altogether.

What if an electrical storm knocks out my new pump?

Yeah, that’s always a scary thought. But it’s also why we offer a variety of backup sump pump options. While most aren’t as powerful as the sportscar model sump pumps, they’re effective in most situations at removing water. These backup pumps can operate by battery, or the water pressure from your home’s water lines. We have installed many Liberty pumps as backups, which are water pressure-powered. With a backup in place, even if your power goes out, you have a sump pump that can operate in an emergency.

Even with the best prepared basement, sometimes Mother Nature is just cruel and there’s no stopping her wrath, but with these changes, you can at least give her your best shot. To learn more about which option might be right for you, give us a call. We’re emergency plumbers in Lexington and Louisville, and we’ve been right here for years. We know what kind of weather your home is up against, and we’re here to help. Call Dauenhauer, any hour.