A sump pump is a wonderfully ingenious idea that most likely arose after someone had bailed one-too-many pails of water from their basement after a heavy rain. Hopefully you have never had to — and never will — deal with such a mess as soggy clothes that were waiting to be washed and precious memories now lost because they were stored in cardboard boxes in the basement.
The tricky part of this is that sump pumps are electric. Without taking the proper precautions to back the system up with a secondary power source, you may still end up bailing water from your basement if there happens to be a power outage. You don’t want that for your Cleveland area home, so let’s make certain you cover the basics.
Battery Backup Sump Pump
Today’s battery backup sump pumps are extremely user-friendly and reliable. Their installation is straightforward in that they tie into the same plumbing as the original sump pump. The motors range in size from 1/4 to 1 horsepower.
The most common units on the market call for a 12-volt, lead-acid battery. These batteries are usually not included in the purchase of the pump, so the battery is an additional purchase. The price of plumbing, the pump and the battery may seem to add up quickly, but it’s nothing compared to the cost of cleaning and repairing a flooded basement.
A good tip is to find a battery backup sump pump that is compatible with Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries. Phone the manufacturer’s technical support before purchasing its product. Unlike lead-acid batteries, AGM batteries don’t produce hydrogen gas when they charge, and you won’t have to worry about hydrogen build-up in your home. They also don’t leak or spill, generally have longer warranties than their lead-acid cousins, and are able to survive most freezes.
Is your sump pump getting older or not pumping correctly? Consider replacing or upgrading to include a new battery backup. Contact Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning, and Plumbing NOW to schedule a visit with one of our expert plumbers.
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