There are many reasons your sump pump can stop working. When this happens, you run the risk of a wet or flooded basement. Having a sump pump battery backup will prevent this nightmare from occurring. If the primary pump fails, the battery-powered pump takes over and ejects the water. A small price to pay for keeping your home and peace of mind intact!
What causes sump pump failure?
- Power outage – This is one of the most common reasons. A storm, lightning or heavy rains can cause a power failure, which means your sump pump will not work when you need it most.
- Pump overload – A lower capacity sump pump can break down as it cannot handle the large volume of rain water or melting snow.
- Floating switch – A frequent cause of pump failure—the switch can get trapped against the pump, discharge pipe or power cord and cannot be turned on.
- Worn out switches – When made of poor quality materials, the switch can wear out causing the motor to burn.
A sump pump battery backup is easy to install. It connects to the existing discharge pipe or you can run a separate pipe for it. Unlike water-powered systems, a battery backup system works even when there is no water supply. This is one if its biggest advantages.
Selecting the Right Sump Pump Battery Backup System
A battery-powered sump pump backup consists of a battery, a battery-powered pump, a charger and additional piping. The best quality units come with a larger battery and a more sophisticated battery charger. The larger the sump pump battery the longer the run-time. A good quality charger will also prolong the battery’s life.
Not sure which type of sump pump battery backup system is right for you? DryShield® can help! As a licensed contractor with the City of Toronto, we will ensure you have the correct system for your needs and that it is properly installed. We install the latest sump pumps with advanced options like an alarm that notifies you on your cell phone.
Need help with your wet basement? Contact one of our basement waterproofing specialists who will be more than happy to provide you with a free inspection and offer the right solution for your specific situation.