Sullivan Plumbing Co. has found that, in the Champaign-Urbana area, most homeowners are purchasing generators as a backup power source for sump pumps. If you have ever experienced a flooded basement, you understand the devastating damage it can cause. Apart from the obvious damage to belongings, flooding can also cause plumbing problems, a damaged foundation or rotted wood, all of which are troubles that bring down the value of your home. A sump pump can save you thousands of dollars in the long run by maintaining the value of your home, and by protecting your belongings from water damage, but if the sump pump fails due to a power outage, you will wish that you had protected it with a generator.
Basic Generator Information Generators are made in different sizes and price ranges to meet different backup power needs. Generally, a portable generator can handle basic electric power needs (lights, refrigerator, cooking), and requires manual turn-on. A stationary/permanently installed generators can be sized to handle your entire home's power needs. It is connected to your home wiring, and requires installation by an electrical contractor. A stationary generator starts automatically in the unlikely event of a power outage, and this is why this is the right choice for backing up life-safety equipment. After an outage, it can restore power in seconds and support all loads as long as needed.
Generators produce AC voltage, very similar to the voltage available in your home, however while your electric utility company produces sufficient power for all your electric-powered devices, a portable generator is limited in power output directly relational to the engine horsepower. The amount of power that a generator can produce is rated in watts. Rated power is generally 90% of maximum power as certain components lose efficiency as they become heated from use.
Generators are available with engines that run on gasoline, diesel fuel, liquefied propane (LP) gas, or natural gas.