The Importance of a Backup Battery for Your Sump Pump

Water flowing from a sump pump discharge hose.

Sump pumps are an important part of your home’s overall structure. They play a crucial role in diverting ground and flood water away from the house and can protect the foundation from water or structural damage. But what happens if the power goes out in your home? Are you still protected from potential flooding? You are if you’ve installed a battery backup. Read on as we discuss the importance of a backup battery for your sump pump.

How a sump pump battery backup works

A battery backup works by using a secondary pump which kicks in if the primary pump loses power or is inoperable. Powered by a strong battery, it has enough power to remove excess water due to severe storms, flooding, or elevated water table.

The benefits of a battery backup system

Summer is officially here and with it, severe weather and possibly power outages. If the power goes out in your home, so does the sump pump. When the sump pump stops working, there’s a good chance the basin will overflow and possibly flood your basement. Fortunately, a battery backup system can keep your sump pump running even with a power outage. In addition to power outages, here are a few other benefits to having a backup for your system:

  • Tripped circuit – a backup system protects against flooding in case of a tripped circuit cutting power to the primary pump, especially if no one’s home.
  • Equipment failure – you’re protected if the primary pump fails from a clogged intake screen, jammed float switch, or other malfunction.
  • Assistance during extreme weather – Added protection during severe, heavy rainfall, and significant snow melt.

What to consider when installing a battery backup

Picking the right battery backup is important to ensure your system is fully operational and able to handle any situation. Consider the following when installing your backup:

  • Alarm system – a reliable backup should include an alarm which will go off once it’s activated, as well as monitor the battery life or alert you when there’s a problem.
  • Pump capacity – if your primary pump has difficulty removing excess water to keep your basement dry then you want to make sure the backup can pump out enough water if necessary. We advise installing a backup that can handle the same amount of water as the original.
  • Self-test feature – a sump pump that rarely runs is actually bad for the pump. A pump that sits in water is prone to corrosion or mineral buildup. Consider installing a backup with the ability to test itself routinely.
  • Battery capacity – some battery units can run out of power before the electricity comes back on. Be sure to select a system that can meet the demands of your home.

A flooded basement can be disastrous for your home and your pocketbook. An efficient, reliable sump pump system with a battery backup will ensure you stay protected from the unexpected. Ask your Robillard professional for recommendations on which system is right for your home.

Robillard Plumbing has proudly provided expert drain cleaning and plumbing services with professionalism and reliability since 1986. From new appliances and fixtures to emergency service, our knowledgeable team is here for all your plumbing needs.

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