Sump pump failure can lead to a very serious flood in your basement if you have no backup system in place.
Like any mechanical utility within your home, your sump pump can eventually fail. A sump pump contains moving parts that can wear out or malfunction over the years.
The best way to make sure your home is protected from a sump pump failure is to make sure that you have a battery backup pump and secondary sump pump ready to operate in an emergency.
At Ohio Basement Authority, we install sump pump systems that are equipped to handle your basement water problem.
After living in their house for 10 years, homeowners in Pickerington, OH, started to notice problems with their basement waterproofing system. There seemed to be some issues with the sump pump and basin.
The sump pump system in the 30-year-old house is tucked away in a small closet area in the basement. While it is essentially out of sight, the homeowners didn’t want to have to worry about problems with the sump pump affecting the rest of the basement and house. Thinking proactively, they wanted to have the system replaced to prevent any potential damage.
After speaking to a trusted friend, the homeowners knew they could count on Ohio Basement Authority for the perfect solution. This friend was pleased with exterior drainage work we previously completed on his property, so he was eager to refer our expert inspectors and crews.
After meeting with one of our inspectors, the homeowners were eager for one of our crews to upgrade their sump pump system. We installed the more reliable SafeDri to handle any seeping water. Along with two powerful pumps inside the liner, the SafeDri features an external backup battery. This ensures the system will continue to operate even when the power goes out. This system can pump more than 11,000 gallons of water on a new, fully-charged battery.
The homeowners now have peace of mind knowing their basement and home will be protected by this trustworthy solution.
Homeowners in Ashville, OH, moved into their house not long after it was built a couple years ago. During that time, they noticed a problem with seeping water only once in their basement. Since that happened, the owners wanted to look into options to back up their existing sump pump.
They contacted Ohio Basement Authority after learning about our company online, and then they met with one of our inspectors. The inspector evaluated the condition of the basement, and he then recommended having one of our crews install a second sump pump system to help keep the vast basement dry.
We installed the SafeDri sump pump in a corner of the basement opposite the existing system. Along with two powerful pumps inside the liner, the SafeDri also features an external backup battery that ensures the system’s continued operation even in the event of power outages. The SafeDri was installed inside the larger SafeDri Triple liner to allow for easy future upgrades.
Additionally, an FreezeGuard was attached to the exterior sump pump discharge line.
We also installed a dehumidifier. It cleans and filters the air, controls moisture and humidity, and helps eliminate odors and the potential for mold growth. The compact dehumidifier is powerful, yet energy efficient. It is ENERGY STAR® certified, and it can remove up to 95 pints of water per day. Unlike conventional dehumidifiers, the dehumidifier self-drains so there are no buckets to empty. We installed the dehumidifier next to the sump pump so the unit can directly drain water into the SafeDri system.
The homeowners now have peace of mind knowing these reliable solutions have helped them create a safer and healthier longtime home.
She has lived in her house for a little more than one year, but a homeowner in New Albany, OH, recently started to become concerned with her interior waterproofing system. She wondered if the sump pump was working correctly, as it was making a lot of noise.
The sump pump system is located in a closet in the finished basement, so it’s easy to keep it out of sight and out of mind. But the homeowner wanted to make sure her finished basement would be protected from flooding or other issues.
The owner contacted Ohio Basement Authority after seeing our TV ads, and she met with Inspector Jeff Floit. Jeff assessed the condition of the sump pump, and he noticed it looked outdated and inefficient. A failing sump pump, even if it has a backup battery, can lead to the problems the homeowner wanted to avoid. Jeff suggested the homeowner upgrade her sump pump to one of our reliable systems.
Foreman Milton Castro and his crew removed the older system and replaced it with the SafeDri Battery Backup System.
The SafeDri features two powerful pumps inside the liner, as well as an external backup battery to ensure the system will always operate to pump water out of the basement. We installed the SafeDri inside the larger SafeDri liner to allow for easy future upgrades.
The homeowner is pleased to have an updated sump pump system that will keep her home dry.
Common Battery Backup Designs
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Sump pumps lose power for a variety of reasons. Aside from the obvious power failure, it’s possible for a circuit to trip, especially for pumps plugged into GFI outlets.
At Ohio Basement Authority, we’ve also seen many cases where the pump was unplugged by someone who needed to use the outlet but forgot to plug the sump back into the outlet. In some situations, this has led to water damage to nearly everything stored in the basement.
Components in the SafeDri™ system are designed to work together, providing reliable, high-volume pumping capability when the electrical grid goes down.
We recommend installing Basement Systems SafeDri™ Battery Backup System.
The SafeDri™ system can pump out an excess of 11,500 gallons of water on a fully charged battery– that’s enough water to fill a small swimming pool!
To alert you to a power failure, the SafeDri™ sounds an alarm when it runs and silences when the pump cycles off.
If you have a primary sump pump and a battery backup sump pump, your basement is already well on its way to being protected.
However, if your primary sump pump fails due to mechanical failure, your basement waterproofing is only good as long as your battery backup can last. And if your sump pump is being overwhelmed due to an unusually high volume of water, it’s best to have a secondary sump pump that can kick in and help keep the water down.
What’s Keeping Your Basement Dry?
|The Problem||Primary Sump Pump||Secondary Pump||Battery Backup Pump|
|Heavy Rain Overwhelms
|Complete Power Failure|
|Primary Pump Failure|
|Primary & Secondary
Sometimes, a homeowner will tie their sump pump system into their generator to keep it powered during outages.
However, this only works if you are home (and awake) to turn the system on. Automatic systems typically cost $7,000-$10,000 to install. Because there is only one pump, you will have no secondary system to address heavy rains or primary pump failure.
Some sump systems include a battery that converts DC battery power into AC power to charge your primary pump.
Transforming DC power to AC is a highly inefficient process, and these battery backup systems often lose their charge within an hour’s time. Because there is only one pump, you also will not be protected from pump failure or overwhelming water volume.
Water-powered sump pumps use your water supply to run your sump pump system. Thus, they can operate without power.
Unfortunately, water-powered pumps pump very slowly and require you to have very high water pressure. They are also wasteful systems, discharging 3-5 gallons of good water for every gallons of groundwater pumped out of your home.
Battery Backup Sump Pumps use a battery and a separate battery-powered sump pump to operate.
When a high-quality battery backup is installed, you can pump out thousands of gallons of water on a single charge. And because you have a second pump installed, you’re covered during sump pump failures and during overwhelming rains as well as during power outages.