The advantages of a sump pump battery backup

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Battery Back-Up Sump Pump SystemIf you live in an area that mostly gets flooded due to a low-lying land or due to stormy weather, you would have definitely experienced flooding and collection of water in your basement or crawlspace. In this case you need a sump pump that will drain the collected water from your basement to an area away from your home.

You might be wondering why you will need a backup for your sump pump. Sometimes pumps fail, not because of a problem in the pump itself but because of a failure in electrical power. Other reasons could be for instance, in case of stormy weather, a disconnection can occur due to lightening, or more simply, someone may just remove the plug and forget to put it back in! For these reasons, you should always get the best battery back-up sump pump system.

A sump pump that is backed up by battery includes a battery-powered pump, a battery additional piping and a charger. According to the price range, there are battery backups that come in three varieties – good, better and best. The best units have a comparatively larger battery and a sophisticated charger. Depending upon the amount of water that is entering into your basement or the crawlspace, your battery charge will last accordingly. For instance on an average, a 40 amp/hour battery should last up to 50 hours, but if you have a large amount of water to drain it will last for only up to 15 hours. If you do not have much water seepage, you will not need a very high end battery and a cheaper battery backup will do.

The biggest advantage of having a battery backup for your sump pump is that it will work even when there is no water supply, as water powered backups work only when there is the force of water. An added advantage is that it is very simple to install. You just need to connect it to an already existing discharge pipe or simply install a new pipe.

Let us take a look at some battery back-up sump pump systems –

Wayne WSS30V Pre-assembled 120/12V ½ HP Primary and Battery Backup Combination Sump Pump System. It comes for a warranty for five years and is very well rated by many customers.

Wayne ESP25 12 Volt Battery Backup Sump Pump System with Audible Alarm – This system is capable of draining 3300 gallons per hour at 12 Volts. It comes with a warranty of 2 years.

Wayne WSM3300 Sump Minder Advanced Notification Battery Back-up Sump Pump System. This system too has a warranty of 2 years and can drain up to 3000 gallons per hour. It has been well rated by customers.

Some of the important things that you need to keep in mind are that your battery may run out of charge way before your main power comes on. Remember to clean your battery terminals at least twice a year. Check your battery water levels at least twice a year and always replace your battery every five years.  This should cost you $100 on an average.

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