Spring rains can bring flooded basements.

Why we prefer Electric Sump Pumps to handle this Problem

First, let’s look at two different types of sump pumps. One is what you call a water-powered sump pump. This type of pump uses your home water supply to power the pump. If the power goes out during a storm, your home water supply will automatically power the pump and keep your basement from flooding. Sounds great, right? But here’s the catch. If the water pressure also drops during a prolonged power outage (since they often need a minimum of 20 PSI to operate efficiently, the pressure may not be strong enough to power the pump.

The result? Your basement floods!

Water powered sump pumps can also be very expensive to run compared to a battery backup electric pump. A water powered sump pump can use one gallon of water to pump out either one or two gallons of water from your sump pump basin. It wastes a lot of water, and if it runs a long time do you really want that water bill?

Also, if you have a well pump this system will not work.

Then there are electric sump pumps. These work well but you need to make sure that you have a qualified professional electrician run a dedicated electric line to power the pump. If you don’t, you run the risk of the pump tripping a GFI outlet, cutting power to the pump when you need it most.

An electric sump pump is much easier to install than a water powered sump pump (you don’t need to connect it to your home water supply like the water powered sump pump). And it’s far more economical to run.

If you install an electric sump pump with a battery backup, your pump can run up to 166 hours depending on how often it cycles (and you can also add additional batteries if needed to make it last even longer).

And many come with backup batteries with full replacement warranties.

So to help ensure that you have not only peace of mind but also install the pump safely and economically, call the professional electricians at Mister Sparky.

The Real Story behind February 2nd, Groundhog Day

Source: The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club

Groundhog Day, February 2nd, is a popular tradition in the United States. It is also a legend that traverses centuries, its origins clouded in the mists of time with ethnic cultures and animals awakening on specific dates. Myths such as this tie our present to the distant past when nature did, indeed, influence our lives. It is the day that the Groundhog comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow.

If he sees it, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole.

If the day is cloudy and, hence, shadowless, he takes it as a sign of spring and stays above ground.

The groundhog tradition stems from similar beliefs associated with Candlemas Day and the days of early Christians in Europe, and for centuries the custom was to have the clergy bless candles and distribute them to the people. Even then, it marked a milestone in the winter and the weather that day was important.

The Roman legions, during the conquest of the northern country, supposedly brought this tradition to the Teutons, or Germans, who picked it up and concluded that if the sun made an appearance on Candlemas Day, an animal, the hedgehog, would cast a shadow, thus predicting six more weeks of bad weather, which they interpolated as the length of the “Second Winter.”

Pennsylvania’s earliest settlers were Germans and they found groundhogs to in profusion in many parts of the state. They determined that the groundhog, resembling the European hedgehog, was a most intelligent and sensible animal and therefore decided that if the sun did appear on February 2nd, so wise an animal as the groundhog would see its shadow and hurry back into its underground home for another six weeks of winter.

New England farmers knew that we were not close to the end of winter, no matter how cloudy February 2nd was. Indeed, February 2nd is often the heart of winter. If the farmer didn’t have half his hay remaining, there may have been lean times for the cows before spring and fresh grass arrived.

The ancient Candlemas legend and similar belief continue to be recognized annually on February 2nd due to the efforts of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.