Do You Have a Battery Backup for Your Sump Pump?
As we all know, the weather is absolutely crazy, the seasons don’t define themselves as they once did. One minute is freezing cold with snow, and then the opposite, an extreme heat wave occurs. As a result one needs to have their home ready to handle whatever Mother Nature throws at us. And that includes ensuring your home’s sump pump is working properly. Be it from storms or the spring thaw high amounts of water can cause our phones to ring for hours on end due to many a person’s basement flooding. Another factor homeowners make the error of not taking into consideration is if their sump pump has a battery backup for when the power goes out.
When The Power is Out, It’s Out!
It is a misconception that a sump pump has a few hours of juice left in them when there is no power. Regardless of whether you’ve provided proper maintenance and care with the intention of your sump pump being able to run at optimal levels, if the power goes out and you do not have a backup battery in place, it’s all for not!
Can You Install It Yourself?
Our Kingston plumbers are aware of how fast a flood can turn your house upside down, so today we wanted to get the word out on sump pumps in the hopes we can help save a few people’s basements (and a pile of stress!). For those who are already aware, we also get a lot of calls about installing the backup battery on their own and is it safe? Long as you know what you are doing, you absolutely can! We’ve included a few tips below to help keep you safe:
- Safety First: You know we love to teach the DIY projects, but you need to be 100% certain you know what you’re doing as you’re going to be working with electricity and water. If you have even the slightest hesitation – STOP!
- Circuit Panel: Checking the strength of your circuit panel is critical here; if you aren’t wired to handle your sump pump and its backup battery, your efforts will be for not!
- Extensions: This is SO important: DO NOT EVER use an extension cord for your sump pump OR your battery charger – they are not meant to carry that kind of power and is a BIG fire hazard!
It’s No a Sump Pump Replacement
The way it works is the battery backup for your sump pump stays fully charged until a storm hits and the power goes down. At that point your backup battery turns on automatically, enabling the sump pump to continue working. This battery is known for its strength; have it wired to your sump pump in the event of a power outage, but NEVER use it instead of your sump pump’s primary power source.
We hope you have found this helpful, and if you have any further questions or concerns on installation, maintenance or purchasing a battery backup give us a call at John THE Plumber Kingston TODAY! Our plumbing experts are here for you!