With your basic basement sump pump, the goal is to protect your basement after it’s becoming to flood. The sensor detects when water level has risen and starts pumping out water as it’s supposed to.
Still Water is Worse Than Short-Term Flooding Issues
While it’s bad to have a basement flooding, it’s far worse if the water is allowed to stay there any length of time. The walls, flooring and eventually the foundation can get saturated and permanently damaged by it. When you’re away on a trip and didn’t know there was a freak storm coming, then you won’t be sure if your sump pump started up or not like it was supposed to. Unless you’re there to check, you can only hope or call a neighbor who has a key to your home.
The Risk of Electrically Powered Sump Pumps
Sump pumps are powered by electricity more often than not. The trouble with that is if there’s an electrical storm. This can knock out the power to your sump pump while the storm comes in and floods the basement. Then the protection you put in place fails to work for you just when you needed it the most. How frustrating!
Backup Battery Sump Pumps
A backup battery sump pump is the answer to your prayers. Allowing for the fact that a mechanical device can fail on you whenever, then a backup option is best.
The battery backup sump pump runs on a rechargeable battery system, not directly from the power outlet. This means that whether there’s an electrical storm that fries all electronics hooked up to the power outlets or the electricity just goes out, the independent, battery powered sump pump installed as a backup option still is operational. So, when the flood waters finally come, it’s standing ready to avoid the basement becoming flooded. Think of it like your backup to your backup.
Running on Batteries Provides Secondary Power Protection Too
It doesn’t matter when the power gets knocked out in the house or a part failed on your main sump pump, when you have a backup unit that runs on batteries, as long as you keep the batteries fully charged, you’re good to go. It is a little bit more work to remember to charge the batteries to make sure they haven’t drained out from lack of use, but for the insurance it delivers on the foundations of your home, the attention to detail is well worth it.
Just table a reminder in your Google Calendar to remind you once every couple of weeks to check the battery level on your backup battery sump pump to make sure the added protection is also functioning as it should. Look for a plastic or better still, a cast iron sump pump that provides a rock-solid option for long-lasting use. It costs a bit more upfront, but the cost per year of ownership represents better value.When in doubt, install a secondary sump pump that runs on a battery. You’ll be glad you did should the time come.