Rural lifestyle has come a long way because the Ingalls family moved in Walnut Creek. Well water pumps and pressure systems now can rival the flow rates of city water supplies, with effective and user-friendly treatment systems usually delivering rural owners far better water than our urban friends enjoy. High-speed internet, widened rural roads, corner shops a a lot – things are just getting easier and simpler.
One important thing that hasn’t evolved will be the responsibility of home owners to look after their “stuff” – if there are sewer backups, storm water backups, power outages that stop water supplies, rural property owners have to be prepared. Two parts of critical importance are the pumps that get water out of and far from home. This normally features a sump pump below your home and a septic pump that feeds your septic drainage system. If either of such pumps fail, homeowners may be in serious trouble – and fast!
Perhaps the best kind of insurance coverage is a spare “emergency” sump pump. If either of those two pumps fail, having a ready-to-go pump on hand can allow you to quickly and effectively empty out a sump pit, or “filled towards the brim” septic tank. Inside the case of any winter septic emergency (ie. your septic pump failing) you happen to be legally able to generate your tank to a nearby bush area, provided you meet several guidelines about the chosen location (that’s outside the scope of the article and will change from county to county, so look up bylaw information in your town first!)
Likewise, if your sump pump fails and you also start to see water from underneath the home finding its way into the house, quickly dropping in your spare pump will help you to get that water down to some manageable level. In both circumstances, what this will is buy you time. You now don’t “NEED” an unexpected emergency call coming from a plumber or septic repair company. Let’s face it, these problems usually happen late Friday night, when its -30, and after normal service hours end, usually two days far from most service companies’ regular rate service hours.
Usually for around $100 in your local plumbing supply or home improvement store, you can get hold of a spare pump and enough hose to perform the line to the nearest relief zone – again, that “bush” area mentioned earlier. It’s much easier to scope out the property and think of a plan in advance, when it’s nice out – and never pitch black, instead of running into town with an odd hour, then wondering what kind and exactly how long the tubing has to be to access that area of relief.
Prevention is the greatest medicine – have your systems serviced and checked annually, and as a backup, also have a spare pump on-hand. With rural living comes certain responsibilities. This isn’t really even a point of IF this wmjalx eventually you, it’s more dependent on WHEN – when time comes, be prepared and also have the equipment you should resolve the emergency ready, know where it is, how it operates and where you are going to pump that water!