Removing household mold: $3,000
Fixing basement flood damage: $21,890
Replacing spoiled food: $200 The U.S. Department of Human Services generally agrees, saying basement and appliance repairs, spoiled food and extended hotel stays are the most common costs incurred by homeowners during and after a power outage. Being in the backup power generator business, Briggs & Stratton obviously wants you to buy a generator, but it's not necessarily a bad idea. Power generators can reduce or eliminate the costs of a blackout. according to Fixr.com. A medium-sized unit, which can provide much-needed heat to most of the home on cold nights, costs between $4,000 and $10,000. A large unit, which can heat and light an entire home, costs between $9,000 and $15,000. Sure, that's a lot of cabbage, but eliminating the cost of a dead sump pump, which can lead to basement flooding and household mold can make a generator worth the cost. "A homeowner can incur greater costs from a single prolonged power outage than from investing in preparation measures, such as installing a standby generator system before an emergency occurs," says Amanda Grandy, marketing manager for Briggs & Stratton Standby Power. "A standby generator protects a home's appliances from losing functionality when utility power is knocked offline and gives families peace of mind after a hurricane or strong storm."