Why You Need A Battery Back Up System For Your Sump Pump
The sump pump is the core of any basement or crawl space waterproofing system, so it’s vital to choose a sump pump that won’t easily burn out. That’s why at KC Waterproofing and Foundation Repair, we offer battery backup systems for your sump pumps, to make sure that your basement is flood-free at all times.
When a home has a basement or a crawl space, they are sometimes protected from any damage that standing groundwater can inflict by having a network of drainage tubes around the foundation. This network of tubes leads into a shallow sump pit, and this is where a sump pump is hard at work, channeling water away from your home through a PVC pipe.
The good thing about sump pumps is that they work automatically each time the sump is full of water, but the downside is that they’re easily forgotten about because of such convenience. Don’t forget to check up on your sump pump and maintain it every so often, because a damaged or broken sump pump means that there is a chance of your sump overflowing — damaging your basement twice as quickly.
Not All Sump Pumps Do The Job
If the basement sump pump stops for any reason, the system will fail and your basement may get wet despite all of the other precautions that you took basement waterproofing like encapsulation and repairing foundation damage. That’s why it’s very important that if you do have a sump pump, you shouldn’t just get any sump pump you can. You should make it of the highest quality and make sure that it is regularly serviced. Additionally, if you have an old sump pump from years past, it may be time to get it replaced and look into our sump pump installations. Older sump pumps can cause moisture build-up, mold, and other issues.
The Benefit of a Sump Pump Battery Back Up System
Sump pumps operate using your home’s electricity, but there is always a chance that the same storm that is able to flood your home with water is the same storm that knocks out your power source. When that happens, then it’s time for the battery backup system to do its work. There is a battery that’s continuously kept charged by the backup system, and its job is to provide you with continuous support until your power is restored.
There are even some backup pumps that can monitor your battery’s current condition and can alert you when it needs to be replaced right away.
Now, there are situations wherein homeowners are left unaware that their battery backup sump pump system has both a battery and a secondary sump pump.
With the battery, the most commonly used are Deep Cycle Marine Batteries. The Deep Cycle Marine Battery is similar to what you may find under the hood of older cars, and they require maintenance by adding water.