Most sump pump problems are gradual and intermittent in nature. Eventually this may lead to total pump failure and possible flood damage.
Some common causes of basement flooding are: a "tripped" circuit breaker, gradual clogging of an intake screen, or when a broken check valve flapper partially blocks a discharge pipe.
Who Is at Risk?
Floods are the most common natural disaster in the U.S., and nearly everybody has some risk of flooding. Â The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) estimates that 10 million U.S. households are located in high flood risk areas.
Steps You Can Take to Decrease Your Risk of Flood Damage.
- Do not store valuables and appliances in the basement or elevate them to a safe distance from the floor.
- Be sure that your fuse box and utility meter are above an expected flood level.
- Consider flood insurance; your standard policy does not cover flood damage.
- Purchase a battery backup pump with a 2-inch flow-through to accommodate a 4-inch drain tile.
- Plan and practice an evacuation route.
In the Event of Extreme Flooding!
- Turn on your radio or TV to get the latest reports.
- If told to evacuate — evacuate.
- If outdoors, go to high ground.
- If you accidently drive into a flooded area, turn around to avoid potential hazards.
- If your car stalls, ABANDON IT and go to high ground.