BATTERY BACKUP SUMP PUMP
Are you considering purchasing a battery backup sump pump? This is one of the wisest decisions you can make for your basement. Having a supplement to your primary sump pump will ensure that your basement is protected even when the primary pump fails for any reason.
A backup system is vital. However, it can only be effective if you select the right battery backup sump pump. There are several features that you should consider in order to do this.
- The battery power
There are two types of batteries used for backup systems today: AC/DC and DC. AC/DC batteries offer the advantage of being able to run off the mains when it is still on and DC power when the mains power goes off. DC powered batteries only run on battery power.
- Battery type
There are also two main types of batteries to choose from. Deep-cycle batteries are maintenance free. They are often sealed.
Wet-cell batteries are usually the same as those used in vehicles. You will have to add distilled water to these batteries occasionally. This ensures that the cells in the batteries do not dry out and become damaged.
The float switch
It’s important to include a float switch in the purchase of a battery backup sump pump. The float switch will determine when the backup pump is triggered to come on. This switch should be installed above that of the primary pump. This ensures that the backup system will come into service when there is a rapid snow melt or a storm that produces too much water for the primary system to handle. This results in the doubling of your pumping power.
- Changes in technology
There are many changes in technology that have occurred over the past few years. Sump pump manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to improve on their products. It is therefore worth taking the time to read up on sump pumps and the latest changes in technology. This will ensure that you purchase a sump pump that offers better features than the previous generation pumps.
New technology you may want to consider may include alarms, programmable pumps and smart pumps that you can control via smart phone apps.
It is important to talk to a waterproofing contractor about the type and size of the pump that will be installed in your basement. This will ensure that you make an informed choice.