Best Battery Backup For Your Sump Pump?
Battery backup is very useful when your sump pump becomes flooded or damaged. You may have to replace it every few years. If you are planning to buy a new one, then you need to consider whether you will want the additional features such as remote control, wireless connection, etc.. These extra features make the price higher than if you just bought a used one.
If you do not mind paying a little bit more, then you might consider buying a used one. They usually sell for less than $100. You could even get one from a friend or family member who no longer uses it and don’t mind giving up some of its functions (like remote control). Some of these old batteries still work well enough to power your sump pump for several months at least.
The main disadvantage of using a battery backup is that it takes time to charge it up. Depending on how much electricity you use, the charging time can take anywhere between 2 weeks to 6 months. That means that you will probably have to wait until spring before you start getting water back into your system again. And if your pump stops working completely, then all the hard work you put into keeping it running will be lost forever!
Keeping your sump pump running during the winter months is only as difficult as you want to make it. If keeping it charged isn’t a problem, then a battery backup is a great idea that can save you lots of headache during the cold months. If you have a short attention span or just don’t like charging batteries, then a proper heating system might be a better option for you since you won’t have to do any extra work to keep it going.
What Should I Look For When Buying A NEW Pump?
Sump pump maintenance can be easy if you just buy the best one in the first place. The following tips will help you choose a pump that is easier to maintain and costs less money in the long run:
Usually, the more expensive sump pumps have better seals and last longer. In other words, they will be less likely to break down as often. You may consider buying the most expensive one right away to save yourself the hassle of maintaining it every few months.
Pumps with fewer moving parts tend to last longer and are easier to maintain. You want your pump to have a long cylindrical shaped bucket that will spin when the motor turns on (this is known as an “open tail” design). Pumps with a vertical “U” shaped pipe (known as a “closed tail” design) tend to break down more often.
If you are willing to spend a little extra money, then you should consider getting a battery backup system for your sump pump. You’d be surprised at how many people neglect this important step! If you live in an area with frequent blackouts, then this tip is especially for you! During a power outage, most of the electricity in your house will turn off….but not the battery backup!
If your battery backup is new and in good condition, then it could last up to 12 hours without electricity.
The best part about a battery backup is that you don’t have to do anything in order for it to work! Once you’ve installed it, the battery will charge automatically as long as the power is on. During a power outage, you won’t have to worry about turning anything on since the battery will take care of everything for you.
How Do I Keep My Pump Clean?
Sump pump maintenance is easy if you do it on a regular basis. You’ll save yourself a lot of money and you won’t have to worry about getting your basement all wet whenever it rains. Here’s how you do it:
Using a step ladder, climb up to the top of your sump pump (be careful, it might be wet). If the lid is tightly sealed, try using a screwdriver to pry it off. You should see the sump pump’s motor and its electrical cord. Sometimes you’ll also see a battery pack attached to it (this will be the case if you have a battery backup).
Unplug the cord from the wall socket and remove the battery pack from the battery if you have one. Using a garden hose, carefully spray off the pump. Make sure you get all the little nooks and crannies. This is especially important in between the tail assembly and the bucket (if you have an open tail design). Use a rag to wipe down the motor and cord. Be extra careful with rubber cords since they tend to be more fragile. That’s it! Once you’re done, just put everything back together and you’re good to go!
Now, if your pump tends to get clogged up a lot (especially with hair), then the maintenance process changes a bit. The first thing you want to do is to make sure that the water can freely go in and out of the pump (step 1). After that, you’ll need to remove any debris stuck inside the pump (most likely hair). You can either use pliers or a special tool made for removing hair.
Why Does My Pump Make A Lot Of Noise?
If your sump pump is making a lot of noise, then there’s a good chance that it’s going to burn out soon. It’s important to take measures to reduce the noise and wear and tear on the pump. You can try the following tips:
Try to keep your sump pump as dry as possible (this might be easier said than done though).
Install a container (like a bucket) to the tail of your sump pump. This way, any excess water will have somewhere to go instead of staying by the pump. Just make sure you empty it out on a regular basis.
Consider installing a battery backup for your sump pump (if you don’t have one). This will protect your pump from burning out whenever the power goes out. I always recommend going with the tried and true, and not the cheap alternative.
Are There Any Special Tips For Installing A Backup Pump?
If you’re installing a sump pump backup, then chances are you’re going to be putting it in the same place where your primary pump is. Most of the time this works out just fine. However, make sure you keep these things in mind:
Don’t put the backup pump right next to the original pump (they will probably both be in the sump pit).
Always install the backup pump at a lower level than the original pump. This is because you want the backup pump to start up before the original pump (in case it fails for whatever reason). The sump pit’s original location should be high enough so that water can freely flow into it, but not so high that it would normally overflow on its own.
A Word On Battery Backups:
Having a battery backup for your sump pump is an excellent idea. It’s great for emergencies when the power goes out, because it will continue to run and keep the water out of your house. Just remember that battery backups only last for a certain length of time, so you’ll have to check on it periodically (at least once every 2-3 months). Also, make sure you keep it charged up at all times.
If the battery goes dead and you’re expecting a huge storm, then you’re going to be in for a rude awakening!
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Sources & references used in this article:
Best available cop by US Patent 393,828, 1888 – Google Patents
Best practices for reducing the risk of future damage to homes from riverine and urban flooding by P Kovacs, D Sandink – Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, Toronto, 2013 – iclr.org
Forsthoffer’s best practice handbook for rotating machinery by WE Forsthoffer – 2011 – books.google.com