Should I Buy a Battery Backup Sump Pump?

With the spring rains, many homeowners start thinking about whether they should have a backup plan in case their sump pump fails.  A flooded basement is not on anyone’s wishlist. Thunderstorms are likely to cause power outages as well as lots of rain in a short amount of time.  These situations always put stress on a sump pump system.  A battery backup sump pump system can come to the rescue in either case.

A battery backup sump pump system has its own power source, so it is effective even when the power is out.  Many of these systems provide enough power to pump continuously for up to 7.5 hours.

A battery backup system can also act as a second pump if the electric pump cannot keep up with the incoming water flow.  They are also equipped with warnings and alarms to alert any power problems or pump failure.  Many test the battery and pump on a regular basis to ensure proper functionality.  When the power is on, the charger keeps the battery fresh, so it is ready in case of a power outage.  Many of the batteries do require periodic maintenance to maintain the proper water levels.

A battery backup sump pump system can be thought of an insurance policy against needing an insurance claim for a flooded basement.

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