The American Society of Home Inspectors recently stated that over 60% of American houses are vulnerable to belowground flooding, but more concerning is the fact that weather changes are making it difficult to predict flooding. In past years, many U.S. cities have spent money on additional pumps because of unpredictable weather. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), many East Coast towns will experience three times the amount of normal flooding by 2030 – and the buildup will be gradual over the years.
This means that in 2045, 10 times more flooding inland will take place, and it will take longer for the water to recede. The rising sea level will also mean buildings further inland will be affected. Unfortunately, water belowground at low levels can cost major damages and health hazards, such as mold and mildew.
The Backup Sump Pump
At face value, it may seem like an unnecessary expense to have a backup sump pump, but most houses have backup features that aren’t questioned at all and may have no contribution in protecting and upgrading the value of the property. For instance, most houses have more than one cable TV box, which according to a 2014 study is one of the biggest energy users, second only to an air-conditioning unit. It consumes about $8 a month per box, so if you have three TV boxes, you can save over $30 by shutting them down when they are not in use. If you can find way to reduce the electricity consumption of all of your appliances, you will discover that you can afford the second sump pump easily.
The benefits of having a second sump pump are multiple:
- If you live in a low-lying area, it is required by law to have at least one sump pump. If your main sump pump conks out, a backup unit will save you from any penalties.
- Your backup sump pump could be battery-operated, which will make it practical in case of power outages not to mention safer to use when water is rising.
- If the flooding is seriously threatening property and life, a second pump will help drain the water faster.
- The value of your property increases.
- You could negotiate for a discount on your home insurance with a second sump pump.
The initial cost for buying a backup sump pump may seem unattractive, but when you consider what you get in exchange on a long-term basis, you will see that you are actually going to save money and property with the second unit.