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Hypothetical Disaster of the Week: Broken sump pump

Strong Storm Showers in the City

As the saying goes, "April showers bring May flowers," and while we are almost coming up on the end of the month, odds are residents of Northern Virginia will likely see a little more rain before the plants outside burst into full bloom. Because of this, the threat of flooding continues to linger large over many inhabitants of the area, especially those who have a basement in their home or business. Hopefully, if you live in a flood-prone neighborhood, you have already invested in a sump pump - a very useful device that helps remove excess water from your basement when flooding occurs. However, these devices are hardly perfect creations and are actually quite susceptible to malfunctioning. While you know you can trust John C. Flood to provide top-notch Arlington sump pump repair, what do you do when your basement is flooding and you've only just discovered that your sump pump is broken?

The best way to combat any unforeseen circumstance is to be proactive and plan ahead. If you have an electric-powered sump pump in your basement, make sure to have a backup generator installed either directly to the device or for the entire house. This way, should there be a blackout on top of the flooding, you can at least rest assured knowing that you won't be left in the dark.

Should the problem not be electrical - whether you have a water-powered sump pump or the device itself is clogged - have a backup pump on hand. A good battery-powered device is great to have on hand during these situations, as some models can pump out up to 12,000 gallons on one fully charged pack of batteries. You should also consider having a backup battery system on hand so that your pump can continue to function even when the lights go out - after all, a power outage won't stop rainwater from accumulating in your basement.

As is the case with any disaster, be sure to clear the area around the defective device as best you can to make the job easier for the contractors when they arrive.