Backup Generators Provide Numerous Benefits Including Flood Protection
You are probably aware that backup generators provide homeowners numerous benefits, particularly the ability to power critical devices such as electric heaters, well pumps, and refrigerators. Not as commonly mentioned, however, is the reality that a residential backup generator gives you a better chance at preventing flood damage through its ability to continuously run a sump pump. With the recent catastrophic flooding in the Houston area, more homeowners are looking for ways to protect their homes; backup generators go a long way towards flood protection, particularly in homes that have a full or partial basement.
How Does a Sump Pump Work?
Sump pumps are designed to remove water from any area of your home that lies below the water table. Damp or wet conditions can be corrected as the pump moves water into a municipal storm drain or a significant distance from the foundation of your home. In stormy conditions, flooding can occur in time periods as short as 30 minutes, making the sump pump a critical component to flood protection.
Backup Generators Keep the Pump Running
Power outages often accompany the conditions responsible for flooding in the Houston area. Without a suitable generator on hand, your sump pump becomes about as useful as a sponge and a bucket. Backup generators can power your sump pump and other critical home items for days on end, if necessary, giving you a great deal of flood protection during the times when you need it most.
Benefits that Extend Beyond the Basement
The benefits of keeping a backup generator on hand extend far beyond the flood protection they provide. Owners of a backup generator will enjoy the following advantages during power outages lasting any length of time:
- Your water will keep running. Homes that obtain their water supply from a private well require electricity to power the pump that provides water to the home. Generators will keep your water running when the power has gone out.
- Your food will stay fresh. Backup generators that are sized appropriately to meet all the critical needs of your home will keep your refrigerator and/or freezer running until the regular power is up and running.
- You’ll stay warm. Houston experiences plenty of wet, stormy weather during the cooler months of the year, so being prepared with a backup generator and one or more electric heaters will keep you and your family warm while you wait for the electric company to get the outage under control.
Professionals Providing Power You Can Depend On
The professionals at A & A GenPro are here to help you every step of the way as you prepare to equip your home with a backup generator. If you have questions regarding sizing and/or which type of generator will best meet your needs, give us a call today or contact us through our website.