A sump pump battery backup is a wonderful option for homeowners who do not have an active sump pump or other sump pit backup systems available. A sump pump backup system typically requires a regular battery to operate, but many people may prefer to use their sump pump batteries forgoing the expense of an active sump pump. The sump pump battery backup consists of a primary sump pump that is either set up directly in the sump pit or otherwise installed in another area of your basement. Alternatively, a sump pump battery backup also makes use of a sump pit pedestal pump, which is placed in a sump pit and linked to a battery. Batteries are available in a variety of capacities and voltages and allow you to choose the best configuration for your basement environment.
A sump pump battery backup system operates similarly to sump pit pedestal pump systems. The main difference is that instead of relying on an external power source, a sump pump battery backup system uses a built-in, internal battery. Powered by a regular battery, the battery backup systems kick on when the sump pump fails to remove liquid excess from your basement. The battery then powers an electrical device that either provides lighting in the basement, or begins pumping water through the pipes. These systems have several advantages over other options, including sump pit pedestal pumps and battery backups. For example, they are often less expensive to install and use and require less maintenance overall.
Sump pump batteries come in several different types, depending on the make and model of your sump pump. One of the most important features of your battery is the life of the battery. Ideally, your sump pump battery backup should last between two to three years. This means that, if you were to leave your pump running without using it for at least one year, it would still be operating and would not need to be replaced. The maximum drain should be at least twelve hours; longer if possible. Additionally, your battery should be able to withstand high levels of discharge as well as high levels of recharging.
Many homeowners who are looking for sump pump battery backups do not realize that you can actually purchase a pre-made unit. These units are available at most major home improvement and hardware stores. In general, these units are quite simple to install. In some cases, a single-stage installation is all that is required. However, if your system requires more than just the battery and pump, additional installation may be required.
If you choose to install your own sump pump battery backup, there are several things that you need to keep in mind. First, you will need to ensure that the battery has adequate life. Secondly, it is important to ensure that the mounting bracket and other mounting hardware are compatible with the type of battery you have purchased. It is also important to ensure that your sump pump and its connections are compatible with the battery. If not, you risk damaging the battery, or at least shorting out the pump and its connections, which could potentially lead to an electric emergency at your home.
After installing your sump pump battery backups, you must make sure that they are compatible. Some are not, which could be a major problem if they are installed incorrectly. If your basement dry sump pump fails, this is especially important. Otherwise, your basement could become flooded. A professional sump pump installation is highly recommended before even thinking about any type of basement dry sump pump backup.
Finally, you must ensure that the battery receives sufficient power during a power outage. This can be achieved by either disconnecting the pumps from the circuit breaker or by having an extension cord connected to the battery. This is something that should be done even before you have installed the units, because if you do not do it now, then during a potential electrical storm the power outage could cause the backup units to fail. (There have been reports of batteries failing during a power outage, so it is always better to be prepared.) In the rare event that all goes well, then your installation should be complete. You may then install a battery fan to help dissipate any excess moisture in the basement, as well as a dehumidifier to lower the relative humidity.
There are many benefits to using sump pumps in conjunction with basement waterproofing. These sump pump battery backups protect your basement from flooding and prevent water damage to your basement floor. They also improve the energy efficiency of your home. (That’s another reason why you should have them installed.) Most importantly, however, they save you money.