Whether you have a finished basement or large storage area, it doesn't take much water to cause thousands of dollars worth of damage. Furthermore, clean up and replacement can be a nightmare lasting weeks if not months. To remove water and prevent a basement from becoming flooded, a sump pump is usually necessary. Primary sump pumps are powered by your homes electrical system. So if the electricity goes out, the sump pump can't work, but the basement drainage system continues to collect water.

There are many different brands and designs for a primary sump pump. It's important that you choose one that is reliable and will last for a long time. Even the most solid pump won't do any good if the switch or float mechanism malfunctions or if it can't pump water out fast enough.

I recommend High Performance Pumps for several reasons:

Many commonly used sump pumps are actually what I call "dumb pumps" because: Sump pumps have an average life span of 5 to 7 years and can fail for two reasons—power failure or a pump that malfunctions or is simply worn out. There's not much you can do to prevent either except to prepare in advance by having a back-up system in place. There are two main types of back-up systems: battery and water powered. Both types can usually be added to any existing pump.

Battery Backup Sump Pumps are the most common. They consist of a battery about the size of a car battery that is connected to the primary pump. In addition:

Battery backups are a reliable safeguard when the power goes out. But what happens if the power is out for more than 8 hours? Or what if the sump pump just stops working properly?

Water Powered Backup Sump Pumps do not depend on electricity. They protect the basement from flooding by using the pressure of city water to pump water out of the sump pit. In addition:

These pumps sometimes cannot be installed in finished basements due to location of water lines and proper sizing. They should also be tested at least twice a year to make sure they are in proper working condition. There have been instances where these pumps have been installed and not used for many years before it was needed. Since it is a mechanical item, parts can seize open or shut after it is activated.

Let's face it, most people don't think much about their sump pump until it's too late. And as any homeowner knows, stuff breaks—usually without warning at the worst possible time. Ultimately, it is your choice to choose which system will work best for your application. Both water powered and battery powered backup sump pumps have their pros and cons but either one should give you peace of mind when the wet weather comes storming in!

Americas Plumbing is locally owned and operated by Jerry Butler. He has over 22 year's experience, provides 24-hour emergency service and is available for all your plumbing needs. You may contact Jerry at his easy to remember phone number: 1-309-212-7681, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit his website at americasplumbing.net