Do you panic at the thought of your basement flooding whenever you get word that a storm is blowing through? If you, like many homeowners, have a sump pump in your basement, that might not be enough to keep your house from flooding during a severe storm or during substantial snow melt. Sump pumps can fail during storms if power is cut, or they can go kaput even on a nice spring day if they are not properly maintained. A backup sump pump can take over if your pump breaks, and there are many options to choose from. Read on to learn about the different kinds of backup sump pump that can save your home and your wallet.
1. Battery-Powered Backup Sump Pumps
When backup sump pumps are needed, it is often because of a power outage or storm. The three different types of power sources for backup pumps help to navigate around this issue. Battery-powered backup pumps get their power from a battery. These are a popular option because they are relatively simple to install and only require a battery. There is significant maintenance involved with them, however. The battery’s levels must be checked and the terminals must be cleaned regularly. Additionally, there is the potential that the battery will run out of juice before power is restored to the area.
2. Water-Powered Backup Sump Pumps
Water-powered pumps use the pressure created by flowing water to operate. While there is no limit to their run time, they require incredibly specialized maintenance and a lot of city water. Because of this, they can be prohibitively expensive to run in areas with high water costs. In many jurisdictions, a licensed plumber must examine and test some of their parts regularly, and there are fees associated with this service. Check your local code and water prices to see if a water-powered backup sump pump is a feasible option for your home.
3. Generator-Powered Backup Sump Pumps
Generator-powered pumps can be hooked up to a portable generator, and they can run as long as the generator does. Many of these pumps do not draw significant current, so your generator will be free to power other items as well. The main drawback of generator-powered backup sump pumps is that they must be manually connected and turned on. Other types of backup pump can take over as soon as they sense that the main pump is not working. With generator-powered pumps, homeowners must act quickly if they hope to prevent flooding.
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