Spring is just around the corner, and with it the springs melt and spring rains. A big change in home use over the past 50 years has been the increased use of basement areas as valuable living space. This has changed what were historically large, empty areas, bare of valuable items to becoming just as valuable as any other area of the home and sometimes more so with expensive home entertainment and other electronic equipment being installed.
This has been noticed in the insurance industry and is being labeled as the primary cause of a significant and consistent increasing trend in the average basement flood-related claim value, which is in the order of $15,000 to $20,000 per claim, although $50,000-$100,000 claims are also becoming more common.
One of the most common causes of basements floods is overflowing sump pits due to the pumps not being able to keep up to incoming water, pumps failing, or a pro-longed power outage where the pump cannot operate. Installing multiple backup batteries, secondary pumps etc. are all good ideas but the best peace of mind will come from having a sensor installed that will notify you if/when water levels become higher then you consider to be ‘safe’ levels.
Our most popular sump alarm system is the easy to install, ‘SumpSpot’ WiFi alarm. Place the sensor and if/when water levels reach it you will be alerted via email and/or text message to the problem. Give us a call any time to discuss your sump alarm needs!