When it comes to keeping your basement or crawl space, as well as the rest of your home free from dampness and standing water, a good sump pump is your best friend. Unlike most waterproofing products, however, sump pumps require a power source in order to work. Ensuring that your sump pump has a battery backup, however, will mitigate the damage a power outage will do during a storm.
How Do Battery Backup Pumps Work?
The first thing you should know is that battery backup sump pumps are more like additives than separate products; you need to have a main pump in place before your backup will work. Battery backup sump pumps also don’t have the same power as those that operate from the mains. However, they are relatively cheap, effective and easy to install.
Installation looks like this:
- Attach the main unit to the wall
- Connect all appropriate cables
- Plug in the pump
Of course, if you are uncertain about installation, you can have any professional install your battery backup quickly and at a low cost. Generally speaking, installation takes less than a day, and your pump should be ready for use immediately after installation.
The Benefits of a Battery Backup Pump
The most obvious benefit of a battery-powered backup sump pump is that your home will stay free from standing water should you experience a power outage in the middle of a storm. There are other benefits, however, and they include:
- Lower water and electricity bills
- A backup if your sump pump is down for maintenance or becomes damaged
- An extended lifespan on other waterproofing solutions
- Higher efficiency in water removal
So, whether or not you feel a backup sump pump is necessary, it is undeniable that they are useful tools in the fight against dampness and flooding in your home. There are no real downsides, but there are some things you should be aware of when you choose to install a battery backup pump. Firstly, they can’t replace your main pump for any real length of time. Secondly, you will need to regularly check the battery to ensure it does not fail you when a storm rolls in. However, if you are mindful of maintenance, these pumps can last for many years.
When Is Installing A Battery Backup Necessary?
Realistically speaking, a backup sump pump isn’t necessary – you can get by without one. After all, sump pumps are durable, hardworking pieces of machinery that are unlikely to break down when they are well maintained. However, you have no way of knowing if or when a power cut could render your main sump pump inoperable. With that in mind, it makes far more sense to install a backup sump pump, especially when it is so quick, easy, and affordable to do so.
As well as supplementing your main sump pump if there is a power outage, a battery backup pump will also be able to alert you to failures and issues in your main pump. These alerts can either be in the form of a flashing light, an alarm, or potentially both. This means you can quickly get your main pump the attention it needs, safe in the knowledge that the backup will keep your home free from standing water in the meantime.
Choose Ohio Basement Authority for Your Sump Pump Needs
Ohio Basement Authority is one of the most respected providers of basement waterproofing products and foundation repairs in southern Ohio and the greater Columbus area. We offer a range of waterproofing solutions, including high-quality sump pumps and battery backup pumps. We only use the best, cast-iron sump pumps that have been put to the test in the harshest conditions. We do this because we believe you deserve the best and because we intend to give you just that. Our team will help find the right product for you and make sure the installation process is quick, easy and hassle-free. It all starts with a free consultation appointment. If you’re considering upgrading your sump pump, you want to buy a battery-powered backup pump, or you’re worried that your main pump isn’t working as well as it used to, don’t hesitate to contact today!