What is a backup sump pump?
A backup sump pump is a system used to protect your
basement from flooding when the main sump pump is not
operating. There are several types of backup systems
including battery powered and water powered. Below is
an explanation of the different systems along with the
pros and cons of each. When purchasing a backup pump,
the most important consideration is the need for a completely
redundant system. This would include a second sump pump,
second float switch and a secondary power source.
Why do I need a backup sump pump?
At any given time one of the following situations can
occur making your main AC pump inoperable:
- The power can go out
- The main pump can become clogged or seize-up
- The float switch can fail or get stuck
- There may be too much water for the main sump pump
- The check valve on the main pump may fail
- The discharge pipe may freeze or become clogged
When any of these events occur the result is a flooded basement. By using a backup sump pump you can protect yourself and keep your basement dry.
What types of backup systems are available?
Battery Backup Sump
The most common type of backup sump pump is a battery
backup sump pump system. Although there are different
types of battery backup systems, the best solution is
one that includes a secondary pump, a secondary float
switch, and a controller that is capable of monitoring
both the pump and battery conditions. Having a completely
redundant system will allow the backup pump to provide
protection, not only when the power is out, as well
as when the main pump of float switch fails.
When considering a battery backup, it is important
to look at the pumping capacity, as well as the controller
that runs the system. The backup you choose should have
features that monitor the battery and the pump conditions,
and it should alarm, both audibly and visually, when
maintenance is needed or a problem arises. The Basement
Watchdog battery backup sump pump systems incorporate
a strong dependable pump, a computer operated charger
and a user friendly controller that monitors the conditions
of the system and sounds an alarm if a problem arises.
It automatically switches to battery power when needed.
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