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Prepare Your Sump Pump for Disaster

Hurricane Irene and other large storms that recently passed through New Jersey raised awareness of the need for fully functioning sump pumps, along with ready-to-implement back-up plans in case of emergency. In the weeks following Irene, our office received hundreds of phone calls regarding sump pumps, pump installation and generator back-up. Below are a few basic recommendations from Monmouth Custom Builders to ensure that when an emergency strikes, your home is protected.

Check Your Sump Pump
Most pumps for a residential sump pump system typically last 3-5 years. If your pump hasn’t been replaced in the past 5 years, it’s time to do so now. The days or hours before an approaching hurricane is not the time to find out that your sump pump isn’t operating correctly. That’s exactly what happened to far too many people this year who then visited their nearest home improvement store only to find the pumps completely sold out.

Buy a Backup 
In addition to the main sump pump currently in use at your home, buy an additional pump and keep it in the box. That way, it will be ready and can be quickly installed when needed. If your main pump burns out (which all do eventually) you’ll be comfortable knowing that its replacement is ready to go. If you’re unsure how to install a new pump, just call Monmouth Custom Builders or any reliable handyman.

Keep a Generator On Hand
When the power goes out, battery backup for most sump pump lasts about 1 hour. We recommend having a generator available in case of such situations. If a generator is purchased prior to an emergency, which of course would be the optimal time, you’ll need to ensure its functionality and your familiarity with the machine. The moments following a power outage are usually not the best time to find out your generator isn’t functional or you’re not sure exactly how it works. Become comfortable with the generator prior to an emergency to ensure easy, convenient operation when the time comes, which eventually it will.

Get a Water Sensor
Install a water sensor connected to your alarm system on the sump pump so that you can be notified when the pump stops working. Using modern technology, you can now receive a notification on your smart phone when the sensor’s alarm is triggered by rising water. You’ll be instantaneously made aware of what could be an emergency situation at your home.

The peace of mind that comes from knowing your home is protected is worth the small investment  to ensure that your home’s equipment is functioning and running properly.

Still have additional questions about sump pumps, battery backups, generators or water sensors? Don’t hesitate to call us at 732-517-0400. We’re always happy to help.

These basic recommendations will help ensure that your home will be prepared for an emergency.

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