Why You Need a Backup Sump Pump


WIn a state like Michigan, the weather is always a factor concerning the safety of your home. Unpredictable storms and flash flooding can send more water than you can mop up into your basement, especially if you live in an older house. If you want the peace of mind knowing that even a big storm won’t flood your basement and cause thousands of dollars of water damage plus countless headaches, then a backup sump pump is your answer. With a backup sump pump installed, you know that you won’t have to worry about walking downstairs and finding water up to your knees, it will take care of the risk. Let’s look at some situations where a sump pump can provide you with a much needed last line of defense against water damage.

The issue with your primary pump

While you depend on your primary pump to keep water out of your basement, it can have issues that come up at any time like with any other machine. If there is a problem with your primary pump, you may not realize it until it’s too late. With a sump pump as backup, it will be in working condition and ready to go if your primary pump isn’t able to function when you need it most.


When heavy rains fall during an intense summer storm, or a big snow fall the night before is melted by a sunny day in classic unpredictable Michigan weather fashion, it may be too much for just one sump pump to handle. Your primary pump will be working hard to clear the water, but this can cause it to be overworked. Whether it’s too much water for one pump to handle, or your primary pump gets damaged from the workload, your backup sump pump can take care of that so that the flood doesn’t make it inside your home.

Loss of Power

Unlike some states, power lines in most of Michigan are not buried. This leaves them vulnerable to high winds during storms and falling branches that can snap a power line easily. Even worse, a transformer might blow, leaving you without the power you need to keep your primary sump pump going. In this case, having a backup sump pump that runs on battery power will save the day. Once the power gets knocked out during a big storm, the primary pump will stop and that will kick your backup sump pump into action immediately. You’ll lose no protection from the heavy rains outside.

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The entire reason you have a sump pump in the first place is for peace of mind. You don’t want to learn something is wrong once water is already backing up into your basement. Like having an extra set of keys in case you lose one, having a backup sump pump can save you plenty of trouble in an emergency. If you lost a key, there are simple ways of fixing that. But if your primary pump fails, getting rid of the flooding water and repairing your basement won’t be so easy or low cost.

If you’re interested in having a backup sump pump installed or you need repairs for your primary pump, give us a call at (586) 701-7851 or send in an online contact form today!

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