Summer rains often lead to summer flooding, and the last thing any homeowner wants to deal with is trying to schedule last-minute sump pump repairs for their North York homes when floods are a real possibility. Sump pump systems are designed to provide flood protection, so you don’t have to worry about the myriad ways that a flood can damage your family’s residence.
But what many don’t realize is that primary sump pumps can fail without warning and that failure can’t be predicted with any amount of ease. In some cases, you may not even realize there’s a problem until water levels begin to rise and you find your basement requires heavy-duty rain boots to navigate! For this reason, it’s worth thinking about installing a backup sump pump with WiFi, so you’ll always be able to tell when an issue may be arising before the water levels do.
Here’s what you need to know about flood damage, backup pumps, and WiFi smart sump pumps:
The Risks of Flood Damage
Many people use their basements for storage, and with good reason. It provides a place to keep items you don’t need immediately, even if we sometimes need to clear a weekend to clean it out.
However, despite providing convenient storage, basements are also the home area where you’re most likely to experience water damage from a flood. Flooding can end up damaging cast-iron fixtures and belongings and increase the chance of mold growth if left unremedied. In extreme cases, it can even damage electrical systems in your home if there’s enough force in the current.
Admittedly, if the water is flowing too fast, it’s unlikely that a WiFi smart sump pump will make much of a difference, but that doesn’t mean you should forgo a sump pump installation. In many cases, including a primary sump pump alongside a backup sump pump with WiFi can significantly reduce the impact that flooding has on your home.
The Need for Backup
Having a primary sump pump reduces the risk of water rising too high in your basement by pumping out water as it comes in. However, just like any other piece of equipment, sump pumps do fail, and if you don’t catch it before a flood occurs, you’ll likely end up with unnecessary water damage.
There are plenty of options for a backup sump pump, some with WiFi and some without. In most cases, adding a WiFi module to a backup sump pump can be done regardless of whether you’re using a standard battery backup sump pump or a water-powered backup sump pump, depending on your personal preference.
The Benefit of WiFi Smart Sump Pumps
Whenever you opt to install a backup sump pump with WiFi over a standard model, you’ll end up increasing your peace of mind exponentially.
A standard sump pump only activates whenever the float switches reach a certain level, and that’s all you’ll hear of it. For that reason, you often need to check your sump pump to ensure it continues to operate the way it needs to.
However, when you have a WiFi smart sump pump — either as a primary pump or a secondary one — you’re opting to install a superior pump to protect your home. Since the pump connects to your home’s WiFi, you can receive regular updates on the status of your pump, including notifications of whether it requires repairs without having a technician come out to inspect it.
To find out more about WiFi smart sump pumps or our priority pump service, call Priority Plumbing & Drains today!