One primary cause of loss is sump pump malfunction. The sump pump is an inexpensive piece of equipment that has to do a lot of work. It is also too often ignored. Like any electrical apparatus, it will eventually lose its source of power or it will fail. Do you have a backup plan if this happens? Some suggestions to address the inevitable problem of sump pump failure are:
- Have a spare sump pump available.
- Have a generator in case the power supply fails.
- If you do have the unfortunate occasion of water coming into your basement because of sump pump malfunction, determine what the problem was and take measures to prevent it from happening again. It might be that the pump just could not keep up with the flow of water and that might require some changes to the drainage patterns of your home.
- It is important to address any problems before they happen once and certainly before they happen twice.