A sump pump is a great piece of equipment to have in your basement. Water that is drained from around the outside of your basement walls flows into the sump pit which is usually in a corner of your basement. The sump pump then pumps the water out of the sump pit out of your home via plumbing pipes. Without it, you would either flood your basement or have your walls fall in.
However, your sump can only help you if the electrical power is on to your house. It can be very stressful and scary when you see water coming out of the sump pit and your electricity is out. This commonly happens during storms which involve large amounts of rain and lightning.
The great news is that there is a solution. Battery Backup Sump Pumps will be there for you when your electricity abandons you.
Battery backup sump pumps are designed to work when the power goes out. They are equipped with a battery that will power the pump just like if the electricity is still on. The amount of time that the pump will run without electricity depends on the type of battery that is attached.
Not all battery backup sump pumps are the same. We have installed a number of different brands including a brand that is run by water pressure and not batteries. We can help you determine the right model for your home:
- Sump pump efficiency – There are some very efficient models now. An example is the PS-C33 which pumps 3x more water for the electricity used than the average pump.
- Warranty – There are 1, 3 and 5 year warranties available. Choose the one you are most comfortable with.
- Sump Foot – This is what you put the sump pump on to keep it out of the debris so it does not get clogged up.
- Double Float – This will make sure that if one float gets stuck the other one will still allow the pump to work.
- Power Out Alarm – This alarm will let you know when the electricity is out and the battery is being used. This is helpful when a breaker goes out and the power to the whole house is not out.
- Battery Low Alarm - You will be notified when the battery may be getting old or is not being charged for some reason.
As with every piece of equipment, the installation is critical to insure that everything works correctly. The plumbing of the piping that runs from your sump to the outside of your house is very important. The improper pitch or location of the discharge pipe will impact the operation of the sump pump.