Our agency would like to thank Janet LeGardeu from Servpro - Dale City / Lake Ridge, VA for the great article about Sump Pumps
With all of the rain we’ve had over the past couple of days it gave me the perfect topic for the October 2020 issue of my monthly SERVPRO Newsletter…Water Backups and Sump Pump Failures. We hope everyone is staying safe and dry on this rainy Monday! Remember to check on the condition of your pumps.
Sump Pump Failures and Water Backups
Your sump pump is designed to remove excess water that accumulates around your home’s foundation. If the system ever fails or the power goes out, water overflow may occur.
Things that may make your home a higher risk for water backup:
You live in a rainy area. The more it rains, the more work it creates for your sump pump. Consequently, when your sump pump is constantly running, it runs the risk of burning out faster than an average one.
Your home has an old sump pump. Check your sump pump regularly and look for any signs of wear and tear. Replacing an aging sump pump that has not failed yet is a much better option than waiting for it to fail.
While your sump pump will usually protect you from a flooded basement, sometimes it is not enough or just fails altogether. Here are a few ways to keep water from backing up in your home:
· Install a backup battery or generator in case you lose power.
· Install a second sump pump if you live in an especially rainy area.
· Install window well covers to keep rain from leaking in.
· Clean your gutters and downspouts to keep them from clogging and overflowing.
· Make sure any landscaping around the foundation slopes away from the house.
· Be prepared by having the proper insurance coverage in case your sump pump fails.
Whether your basement is a finished space for entertaining or simply where you store your treasures, the right protection gives you peace of mind. Your basic homeowner’s insurance typically does not cover this type of damage. Water backup and sump pump failure insurance coverage is an optional add-on that can put your mind at ease. Our team at SERVPRO of Dale City/Lake Ridge and SERVPRO of Woodbridge/Lorton suggests talking with your insurance agent to determine your needs for this specific endorsement.
Water backup and sump pump failure protection typically covers the following damage:
Sewer systems. Virginia’s sewer systems are generally fairly dated, and as with any older infrastructure, these systems may be prone to failure. If a city’s sewer system has issues, regardless of who is at fault, your home could be in for some pain.
Sump pump failure and overflow. A sump pump can be the hero of your basement, pumping excess water out of your home and into areas where it can disperse. But if it fails, you might be in for a water-logged basement and expensive repairs.
If you have invested in finishing your lower level, you know how important this extra space can be. It deserves customized protection that is as unique as your home. This coverage completes the project and safeguards your investment from water damage in the event of sump pump overflow and water backup.
I hope you found this newsletter informative. If you or someone you know experiences a water damage or sump pump failure and needs assistance, please give us a call at 703-583-8484. Our team at SERVPRO of Dale City/Lake Ridge and SERVPRO of Woodbridge/Lorton are available 24/7 to make it “like it never even happened”.