Remodeling the house

Andy lives in a part of the country which gets a good deal of rain, so the water table is genuinely high.  For years, he’s lived with a wet basement. The space was pretty much unusable, always smelled terrible; he was really concerned about mold.  However, he’s hoping to take on renters, so he needed to somehow expand his living space. The easiest, cheapest option was to remodel the basement.  It provided enough space to put in several rooms in addition to a full washroom. He also hoped to move his laundry room down there to free up an additional room upstairs.  His problem was the excessive moisture. At times during the year, there was even resting water in his basement. He wasn’t quite sure who to call for advice, but he finally consulted with a local plumber.  The plumber advised that Andy install a sump pump in the basement. The sump pump is carefully submerged into a pit drilled into the floor, then activates automatically whenever the groundwater level rises.  It effectively pumps all the water out of the basement, preventing any flooding. He also added a dehumidifier to combat moisture and musty smells, in addition to any potential mildew, bacteria or mold growing.  He was ecstatic when his basement was dry. He went ahead and remodeled, laying down carpets, insulating the walls, then moving in furniture and his washer/dryer. Everything was perfect for a few more months. Then we had a power outage during a Spring storm.  The sump pump doesn’t fully operate without electricity, so the basement flooded. There was resting water, in addition to a good deal of destruction. Andy learned about battery backup sump pumps. He wishes the plumber would have mentioned this option before he dealt with that sizable disaster.