Why You Need a Backup Battery for Your Sump Pump

Why You Need a Backup Battery for Your Sump Pump all aspects waterproofing

Sump pumps run on your home’s electrical grid but are also outfitted with a battery that kicks in in the event of a power outage.

A reliable sump pump can be one of the more crucial components of basement waterproofing. These systems run on your home’s electrical grid but are also outfitted with a battery that kicks in in the event of a power outage. Over the course of a prolonged outage, though, this reserve will steadily deplete, eventually leaving you without a functioning pump—unless you have a battery backup on hand. Read along to learn more about the importance of this failsafe measure and how to choose the proper battery for your home system.

Sump Pump Backup Battery Types

In the “sudden” absence of AC/DC power (or in the event of main pump failure), your sump pump will transition to utilizing a direct current (DC) flow from your battery. The two most common battery types are:

  • Lead-acid: These tend to last a long time, and usually require very little maintenance. Since they resist extreme temperatures well, lead-acid batteries are ideal for homes where major heat waves and/or deep freezes are to be expected.
  • Lithium-ion: These lightweight wonders are emerging as more and more of a go-to battery backup choice. They’ll retain a charge for lengthy periods of disuse, but always spring immediately into operation when needed. Additionally, compared to other battery types, these pack considerably more power relative to their size.

Choosing the Right Pump Backup System for You

Of course, the ultimate goal is to prevent pooling water or flooding (and the resulting basement damage) should your sump pump lose power. Picking the ideal backup battery is therefore a matter of considering your home’s highly individual power needs and energy expectations. Among the more useful determinative considerations are:

  • Space/area: The larger your basement, the more powerful backup source you’ll need. It’s advisable to choose a failsafe battery with a higher capacity rating than your primary pump.
  • Expected rainfall: If you live somewhere where intense rain storms are pretty much guaranteed at certain times of year, your sump pump faces the simultaneous double threat of losing power while being “confronted” with a sudden influx of water. Your backup system should therefore be heavily fortified, utilizing a state-of-the-art battery with at least one spare that’s always ready for a quick swap.

Your local basement waterproofing professionals are on hand to guide you through the entire process, from helping find the most energy- and cost-efficient sump pump system for your home, to its installation and upkeep—gladly providing any service or information you may need along the way.

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