The best way to ensure your home is protected from a sump system's failure is to have a backup sump pump ready to operate in an emergency. The sump pump is the heart of any basement drainage system. Without an operational sump pump, the basement will get wet. It is essential to know that not all sump pumps are equal. Also, even the best sump pumps are guaranteed to fail at some point, and when they do, your basement will get wet again. That is why it is also important to give you peace of mind and additional protection to keep your basement dry.
A sump pump contains moving parts that can wear out or malfunction over the years. Like any mechanical device, how long the sump pump will last vary significantly based on the device's quality, usage, and how often it is maintained. The best way to make sure your home is protected from a sump pump failure is to make sure that you have a battery backup pump and secondary sump pump ready to operate in an emergency.
Besides sump pump failures, sump pumps can lose power due to circuit breakers being tripped, sump pumps being unplugged, or because of power outages. Power outages are often caused by storms, which also produce lots of rain. Without power, your sump pump will not work, and your basement is likely to flood.
Battery Backup Sump Pump Systems
Common Battery Backup Designs (Click for more information about each solution.)
Sump pumps lose power for a variety of reasons. Aside from a power failure, it's possible for a circuit to trip -- especially pumps plugged into GFI outlets.
Not all battery backup sump pump systems are equal, and you get what you pay for. Your battery back up should be just as good as your primary sump pump that runs off electricity. Often, when you need a battery back up pump, it is during events when you may have large amounts of water entering your basement.
Another critical component of a battery back up system is the type of battery itself. Again, some are better than others. Car batteries will not last long and do not hold a charge. It is crucial for you to consider what type of battery the battery back up system uses to keep your basement dry.
UltraSump® Battery Backup System
We recommend installing Basement Systems UltraSump® Battery Backup System.
The UltraSump® system can pump out an excess of 11,500 gallons of water on a fully charged battery-- that's enough water to fill a small swimming pool!
To alert you of power failure, the UltraSump® will beep when it runs and silences when the pump cycles off. The beep lets you know that your sump pump system is operating off the UltraSump. For your convenience, the alarm can also be hooked up to your home security system so that you can be notified by phone.
· Long-Lasting Protection -- The UltraSump® can outlast generic backup pumps many times over, pumping an incredible 11,500 gallons of water out on a single fully charged battery.
· Advanced Alarm System -- The UltraSump® sounds off whenever the battery back up pump cycles on, letting you know so you can respond. Optionally, it hooks up to your home alarm system.
· Additional Battery Life -- For added protection, an additional battery can be attached to a single UltraSump® system, allowing for more than double the pumping time.
Backup Sump Pump Systems
If you have a primary sump pump and a battery backup sump pump, your basement is already well on its way to being protected.
To ensure that your basement stays dry, it is also essential to have a secondary sump pump as part of your sump pump system. If your primary pump fails or you lose power, you only have a battery back up pump for a limited amount of time. After that, your backup pump will not be handy. Especially if power isn't restored soon enough. In the event you are getting large amounts of water, the battery backup pump may not keep up and could fail. That is why it is best to have a secondary sump pump to help out if you have a large volume of water in the basement and serve as a backup against sump pump failure.
Thrasher Foundation Repair installs TripleSafe Sump Pump Systems to help keep your basement dry all the time. This system comes with three sump pumps: a primary sump pump that runs off electricity, a secondary sump pump that can pump a larger volume of water that runs off electricity, and a battery back up pump that operates during power outages or sump pump failure.