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Generator or Battery Backup Sump Pump

Small Generators
Generator or Battery Backup Sump Pump in New Jersey? Here in New Jersey we had 2 events in 2011 that caused most of the State to lose power; Hurricane Irene and an October snowstorm. The electricity was out at my house for three days with each event. One had widespread flooding with it and the other did not.You know you need to keep your sump pump going, so what it going to be; Generator or battery backup sump pump?. Are you looking to run your HVAC, TV, computer, refrigerator, and sump pump(s), and freezer in the basement and the lights in your house? Or just the sump pump? GASOLINE POWERED PORTABLE GENERATOR PRICE RANGE $400-$700 If you onl...
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Do you need a sump pump cover?

Sump Cover
TOP 5 REASONS you need a Sump Pump Cover 1. A sump pump cover prevents stuff from falling into the sump pit. There could be a million things I could say that we want to keep out of the pit. Basically, we want to keep everything out of the pit including pets and small children. Your sump pump operates by propelling water out of the pit with an impeller blade. If there is debris in the pit, the debris could impact the impeller blade, which would cause it to jam. If the bade jams the electrical motor that powers it will burn out shortly thereafter. 2. Quiets the sump pump noise. Sometimes a sump pump can be very noisy. This is a big concern if t...
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What Is In The Sump Pump Pit?

Sump Pump System
What Is In The Sump Pump Pit? A sump pump pit is a low space that collects any often-undesirable liquids such as water. A sump pump is a pump used to remove water that has accumulated in the water collecting sump pump pit, commonly found in the basement of homes. The water may enter via French drains of a basement waterproofing system or be independent. The sump pit is where many homeowners look to drain unwanted liquids so the sump pump can pump them away. How does the sump pump pit water exit the house? There is usually one pipe coming up and out of the sump pit. That pipe is called the discharge pipe. A sump pump is a pump used to remove w...
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How long does sump pump last?

Sump Pump Basket
How long does sump pump last? Here is a question that I am asked a few times every week, “How long does sump pump last?”; and the answer is very simple; 7 years, 3 months, 17 days, 6 hours, 53 minutes and 19 seconds. I’m sure you will agree that this answer is ridiculous. Except for the answer “I don’t know”, every answer to that question is a guess and is just as nonsensical. This applies to you whether your sump pump is connected to a French drain or not. Your Sump Pump will quit; it’s just a matter of when The better question would be: “How can I protect my basement for when my sump pump fails?” What is needed is redundancy. Think like a b...
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