Friday, March 9, 2012 • 5:04pm

If your home has a basement and you live in an area that's prone to flooding, you need a sump pump to protect your family from the many damages that stem from standing water. To begin, flood waters can destroy the structural integrity of your home. Afterwards, those same waters often carry insects and rodents into your home and create the ideal environment for mould and mildew to thrive. No matter the specifics, standing water leaves homeowners with the burden of repairing their homes after a storm.

After Hurricane Irene, we spent weeks helping to remediate the damage caused by flooded basements. Even though most of these homes had sump pumps that had been properly installed, they still lost power, and their battery backups only worked for the first ten hours of the storm. This left them completely without a sump pump for more than a week until the power was restored.

Luckily, homeowners can solve this deficiency before it becomes a problem. By installing a second sump pump based on water-pressure as a backup, it can release your dependency on electricity. We have one ourselves!

Below, please find a list of sump pump options to protect your home from harmful growth and structural damage.

There are two main types of electric sump pumps.


A float is attached to a rod, connected to a motor. When water rises in the sump pit, the float also rises until it reaches a set level that triggers the sump pump to suck excess water through a pipe that into the sewer system. The motor for a pedestal sump pump should never be flooded by water.


This unit will not be damaged if the motor is submerged in water. Instead of through a connecting pipe, it filters excess water through the bottom of the pump itself. Unlike the pedestal sump pump, the submersible filter keeps dirt and debris from lodging inside the impeller.

It is, however, important to remember that you might not always have access to electricity. A backup is a smart, practical way to ensure your home is protected.

Water-Powered Sump Pump

By running off the water pressure of the home plumbing system, this unit requires no electricity to function. It also works on a float-operated switch and processes water at a rate similar to the electric pedestal models. However, it is best served as a backup to an electric model to protect your home during a power outage.

Take the steps now to protect your home from the dangers of unchecked flooding every day of the year. Visit our PuroClean website for up-to-date information on protecting your family from dangerous storms.

After more than twenty-five years in the construction industry, Chris and Robin Hoy have learned the importance of quality mitigation in disaster relief. Now as franchise owners for PuroClean Restoration Services, they take pride in responding quickly and efficiently to the damage caused by fire, water, mould and biohazards, filling restoration and mitigation needs within the community.  Click here to visit our website.


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