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basementEditor’s Note: RISMedia will be periodically running a 10-part series of helpful tips on how you can help your clients increase the value of their home by improving and maximizing the all-important extra square footage in their basement.

RISMEDIA, November 28, 2009—When a thunderstorm sweeps through a neighborhood creating power outages and releasing torrential rain on unsuspecting basements, there is no worse time for a sump pump to stop working. Any homeowner with wet basement problems will testify on how nerve-wracking it is to sleep while lightning is flashing outside. There is a constant fear that the power will go out and the sump pump will shut off allowing rainwater to seep into the unprotected basement and ruin carpeting, furniture and stored goods.

In the previous article, which can be read here:, we focused on how homeowners could prevent basement flooding using a patented interior drainage system. Installing a sump pump system with a battery back-up is another key method to sell a home with previous signs of water seepage.

Sump pumps can quickly and easily remove water from a basement then flush it outside and away from a house. Although sump pump systems are an effective way to keep water out of a basement, all systems are not created equal. That’s why it’s important for a homeowner to have the best protection available and pass its warranty on to the new homeowner once they sell.

Investing in a sump pump system with a battery back-up pump before the home is listed is a smart investment. The new homebuyers will be more inclined to buy a home with a guaranteed dry basement. Basement Systems offers the UltraSump battery back-up sump pump system, which is engineered to offer extra protection to homeowners. In the event of a power outage or a sump pump failure, the battery back-up pump takes over to keep the basement dry.

Check back soon for step #3: Preventing water from leaking in through cracks in the walls.

Daniel F. Fitzgerald III is director of marketing for Basement Systems Inc. & Total Basement Finishing. For more information, or a free estimate on a property with a wet basement or to finish a basement, call 1-877-850-4446 or visit