Many people find themselves in a situation where they need a backup sump pump system…we always recommend one at Plumbing Professors. If you live in an area of the country that has a lot of rain or high water tables, your basement is always at risk for flooding, the fact you have a sump pump indicates the potential presence of water surrounding your home or business. A flooded basement can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage and destroy priceless personal belongings too, installing a backup sump pump system is a wise investment. Here are a couple of backup sump pump options:
- A water powered backup sump pump has a lot of benefits. This type does not require a separate 12 volt battery or a power source. The pump is usually installed near the ceiling of the basement near the floor joists. A separate float in the sump triggers the pump which is powered by the city water supply. A water powered backup requires city water. A well water source needs electricity to power the well pump, so if a power outage occurs the well pump would not operate leaving the basement unprotected. This is why water powered backup sump pumps are basically restricted to more urban areas or anywhere there is city water. These systems are very reliable, there are few moving parts. The pump uses venturi low pressure to draw water out of the sump and discharge it outside.
- An electric powered backup sump pump is a more suitable option for rural locations. This type is either part of a combination system which utilizes two pumps (a 120 volt primary pump and a 12 volt back up pump), or it can be added to an existing sump pump to provide a back up system. A well designed system will have separate float switches for redundancy. Depending on the battery installed, a backup pump can run intermittently for 2-4 hours. It is also possible to install multiple batteries in parallel to increase the run time. This system is also automatic, meaning it requires no special action from the home owner. During heavy rainfall, the backup will also kick on automatically to empty the sump if the sump begins to overflow for any reason. There are also systems which can be installed along side a pre-existing sump pump instead of purchasing a combination unit. Our technicians will inspect your existing primary sump pump, then recommend an appropriate electric backup system to meet your needs. Please keep in mind that the battery back ups normally last only 2 to 4 hours until the battery is exhausted, at that point the back up sump pump will no longer operate. (This is the primary reason Plumbing Professors always recommends a water powered back up sump pump when city water is available)
Installing a 12 volt or water powered sump pump backup system is a crucial step in avoiding costly damages associated with a flooded basement. Once you have a system in place it will require maintenance and regularly upkeep to ensure the system will work when a power failure occurs. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to call Plumbing Professors, we’d be happy to explain these options in more detail or dispatch one of our trained technicians to your home or business to walk you though your options in person.
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