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How Having a Backup Sump Pump Can Prevent Water Damage

Having a battery-powered backup pump can save your home from water damage if the lights go out.

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There are many waterproofing measures available to homeowners who want to keep their properties free from standing water and dampness. Sump pumps are some of the most reliable, durable, and effective tools in a homeowner’s arsenal when it comes to this endeavor, but even they need a little help from time to time. Battery backup sump pumps are a simple yet effective way to ensure your basement stays dry even if your main sump pump fails or loses power. 

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What’s the Point in Having a Backup Sump Pump? 

First and foremost, a battery-operated backup sump pump is the best possible way to ensure your home stays safe and dry no matter what happens. You see, while your main sump pump may be in good repair, relatively new, and well equipped to keep your home dry, it will all be for naught if the power supply is cut. 

When this happens, a backup sump pump will use the battery that powers it to take over from your main pump if the power supply that runs it fails. More than this, a backup pump will generally be able to notify you of problems with your main pump. It will generally do so with a sound or a flashing light. Either way, your backup pump will also make sure your home stays dry while you repair any issues within your main pump. 

How Do Backup Pumps Work? 

Battery-operated sump pumps act as an additive for your main pump – they cannot be installed without a main pump in place. You will also have to ensure that you regularly check that the battery the backup pump is dependent on is operational. If the battery is unable to hold or pass on power, your backup pump will not activate in the event of a failure in your main pump. As such, you should make sure the battery is charged and working every time you hear about a storm rolling in. 

Installing a Backup Sump Pump 

Choosing and installing a battery-operated backup pump need not be difficult, but it does require some forethought and planning. First and foremost, you must make sure the backup pump you have in mind is compatible with your main pump. Otherwise, you will have wasted your money on a tool you cannot use. 

Secondly, you need to be certain that the backup sump pump is powerful enough for your basement or crawl space. Battery-operated sump pumps are, generally speaking, not as powerful as pumps that connect to the mains, but they still come in a range of sizes and capabilities. If you get one that’s too small, it won’t keep the water out of your home should your main pump fail. 

Once you have the right backup pump for your home, however, installation is a very simple process that should not take more than a day at most. Generally speaking, there are four steps to installing a backup sump pump: 

  • Attaching the unit to the wall 
  • Connecting the cables 
  • Plugging in the backup pump 
  • Testing the compatibility of your pumps 

Assuming this process goes smoothly, you should be able to rely on your backup sump pump immediately after installation. It really is that simple! Of course, a professional from Indiana Foundation Service can do this for you at very little expense. 

Choose Indiana Foundation Service to Install Your Backup Sump Pump 

Our team of skilled, experienced, and enthusiastic technicians is ready and willing to make the installation of your battery-powered backup pump a breeze. Whether you have the backup sump pump already and simply need someone to install it or you want an expert opinion on which backup is the best choice for you, we have you covered. We even offer free, no-obligation consultation appointments to make sure you feel informed and empowered to make the right decision for your home.