Do I Need A Sump Pump Battery Backup?

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Imagine it’s the middle of the night during a heavy rain storm and your power goes out. Everything that depends on your home’s electricity, including your sump pump, shuts down and water begins flooding your basement without you knowing. 

You wake up the next morning to find your basement flooded. Walls are damaged, your carpet is soaked, and your basement smells like mildew. You can only imagine the costs it’ll take to repair it. 

How could you have avoided this disaster?

A battery backup for your basement’s sump pump.

The Importance of Battery Backups for Sump Pumps

A sump pump is an important part of your basement waterproofing system. Without it, water builds up beneath your basement floor and finds its way into your home. The biggest pitfall of standard sump pumps is that they rely on power from your home’s electricity. Bad storms can cause power outages, shutting down your primary sump pump and putting your home at risk of extensive basement repairs.

That’s why installing a battery backup system for your sump pump is essential for keeping water out of your basement.

Benefits of Sump Pump Battery Backups

  1. Battery backups are affordable
  2. They use an alternative power source and not your home’s electricity
  3. Work during power outages and tripped breakers
  4. Add extra power when your primary pump needs assistance during heavy flooding or clogged pipes.
  5. Quick and easy installation

How Does A Battery Backup Sump Pump Work?

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Your primary sump pump is connected to your home’s electrical circuits. When it loses power and no longer pushes water outside and away from your home, the battery backup connected to your sump pump kicks in. 

Sump pump battery backups use an independent power source (a battery) instead of your home’s electricity, allowing them to work even during a power outage. Battery Backups know to turn on when your primary sump pump isn’t starting properly.

Your sump pump will function as normal while running on the battery backup. 

How to Install A Battery Backup

Most homeowners choose to use a waterproofing professional to install a battery backup for their sump pump. It is possible to install a backup yourself, but not recommended. Your battery backup is the last resort during an emergency, you want to ensure it’s installed properly. 

Whether you are wondering if you should install a sump pump backup for a new or existing system, get in touch with a professional waterproofer like Wise Waterproofing.

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