What Happens If Your Sump Pump Fails While You Are On Vacation?

This is the time of year that many of us are planning to take our vacations. Arranging all of our travel plans. Booking the flights or planning the best route to drive. Making hotel/motel reservations. It’s something we look forward to every year…a time to relax and enjoy ourselves with family and friends. But what most of us don’t plan is what we would do if our sump pump fails during a heavy rainstorm while we are away. No one wants to think about it, but unfortunately, this does happen. Our sump pump may be old and fails from age or overuse. Or the power goes out for an extended period of time and the pump doesn’t run. Then we return from our vacation rested and relaxed, until we notice that damp smell coming from our basement.

And no one wants to end their vacation that way.

That’s why you should install a PumpSpy Battery Backup System. This system comes with a backup sump pump and cellular connection, so you can check on your primary pump, backup pump and battery while you are away on vacation, to make sure your system is in good working condition. And if there is a problem with your primary pump, the backup pump will kick on. If the power goes out, the battery backup system will keep the pump running. You will know the status of your system because PumpSpy will send you updates and alerts with the 24/7 Free Monitoring.

And while you are away on vacation, you can have those alerts sent to a neighbor or relative so they can take any necessary steps should there be a problem.

It’s an insurance policy for your home and your vacation. And as we have mentioned in a previous blog, insurance companies are changing their policies to make homeowners responsible for any flooded basements due to their pump not being in good working condition. With a PumpSpy Battery Backup System, you will have detailed proof your pumps were working in case there ever is an problem.

So enjoy your vacation worry-free, with a PumpSpy Battery Backup System. And don’t forget to bring the sun-screen!

Will Your Battery Backup System Hold Up During A Prolonged Power Outage?

We recently experienced some very heavy rains in our area. And to compound problems, there were power outages too. If you lived in an area where this occurred, you know how important it is to make sure your sump pump, and the battery you use in your backup system, are both in good working condition. With a Maintenance-Free  Richtech 75 Amp 12 Volt Battery, you can be assured that you have the best quality battery available.

There is no worse feeling than needing your battery to power your sump pump during an outage,  and it’s dead because you didn’t maintain it.

If you look at the chart above, you can see that during a power outage, this battery can power your sump pump up to 166 hours when the backup pump is running every 5 minutes.

And a quality Battery Backup System (like PumpSpy) will automatically recharge the battery once power is restored. So you will never have to check on the water level of your battery like some other batteries on the market.

Richtech’s 3 Year Full Replacement Warranty  guarantees if your battery fails within 3 years, we will ship you a brand new battery to replace it.

If you have any question, give me a call at 800.677.7791.

 

How To Prevent Insurance Companies From Rejecting Your Flooded Basement Claim.

PLEASE CHECK YOUR HOMEOWNER’S INSURANCE POLICY! State Farm has recently made changes to their homeowners’ policies and put in a clause that states they will “reduce or eliminate coverage for a flooded basement claim if the loss is caused by your negligence”. If you don’t ” keep a sump pump or its related equipment in proper working condition”, your claim may not be covered.

If State Farm is doing this now with their homeowners’ policies, your insurance company may be doing the same.

Don’t forget, CHECK YOUR POLICY!

Make sure your insurance company cannot reject your claim if you have a flooded basement. A PumpSpy Battery Backup System or Smart Outlet can provide proof that your pump was in proper working condition.

The PumpSpy monitoring system keeps a record of your pump activity, so you will have that information  if you ever need to file a claim.

Check with your local waterproofing contractor and make sure your sump pump is in proper working condition. And get FREE PumpSpy monitoring with the Battery Backup System and Smart Outlet.

New Sump Pump Smart Outlet Is Now Available!

Turns your sump pump into a Smart Pump!

PumpSpy’s Sump Pump Smart Outlet uses your existing WiFi to connect any sump pump to PumpSpy’s FREE 24/7 Monitoring Service. PumpSpy automatically tracks incoming data from your pump and checks that the pump is working properly. If any issues are detected, PumpSpy sends you detailed alerts immediately with the PumpSpy App. You will receive data and alert messages on your smart phone, tablet and computer.

The PumpSpy Sump Pump Smart Outlet is easy to install and includes a High Water Sensor. There is no additional equipment required.

Give me a call at 800.677.7791 for more information or visit our new website at www.pumpspy.com to learn more about this great addition to the PumpSpy product line.

How Much Does It Cost To Install A New Sump Pump?

THE COST OF DOING IT YOURSELF VS. HIRING AN EXPERIENCED CONTRACTOR

A lot of customers want to try and install their own sump pumps to save some $. For those of us with lots of DIY experience, it is a project we might want to attempt on our own. But for the majority of homeowners, having a sump pump installed by an experienced contractor may be the better way to go. Here is an excerpt from an article from Kompareit.com about the cost:

You can install a sump pump on your own for about $200. However, most people don’t have the experience or expertise to do the job properly. If you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s best to hire a professional.

According to HomeAdvisor (formerly ServiceMagic), most homeowners spend around $850 to $1,200 for sump pump installation, with a national average of about $1,000. However, some spend as little as $350 and others spend more than $1,600. Your geographic location has a lot to do with the price.

Submersible pumps are more expensive than pedestal pumps and they don’t last as long. However, they do a better job at keeping basements free of water because they start pumping before water reaches the floor. Pedestal pumps are fairly inexpensive, but they’re noisy and not as effective.

If you have any other questions about what type of pump you should install, give me a call at 800.677.7791 and I can go over all the options available, and also tell you about our PumpSpy Battery Backup System. This system contains a backup pump and controller with a built-in internet connection. You can receive instant alerts and updates on your smartphone, tablet and computer on the status of your primary pump, backup pump and battery. All through the free PumpSpy app. A great system to provide peace of mind during those heavy rainstorms.