Invented by a U.S. Navy electrician in 1946, a sump pump helps to keep your basement dry, which prevents the occurrence of mold and mildew. One of the most important disaster prevention devices installed inside your home, it protects keepsakes and other valuables stored in the basement by removing storm water that seeps inside the house.
If your sump pump fails, the results can be catastrophic. In addition to the repair and replacement costs, you may experience higher insurance premiums in the future. Persistent moisture fosters the growth of harmful fungi that can damage building materials as well as the health of your family. A malfunctioning sump pump increases the risk of an electrical fire when stormwater contacts the wiring and short-circuits the appliances located in your basement.
A power outage is the most common reason for pump failure. An electrical storm may also trip the GFCI outlet powering the pump while the rest of your home still has power. As a result, you may not realize that your pump is no longer functioning. An older pump or one made from inferior materials may burn out because of the enormous demand to pump large volumes of water during a major storm. The equipment can also become clogged with debris.
The ideal sump pump setup will include a battery-powered backup system in case of a power outage or the primary system fails. The backup pump can also assist the primary sump pump if the floodwater exceeds the capacity of the primary equipment. In addition to protecting your belongings, a backup system helps you avoid the hassle, time and expense of cleaning up water damage.
These systems include a battery, a battery-powered pump, and a charger. They may require additional piping to tie into your current drain system. If your primary pump fails, the battery-powered backup pump takes over and ejects any water. A maintainer keeps the battery fully charged. Running on 12- or 24-volts DC battery power, these backup systems are available in a number of sizes, which determine how long the battery will last as well as the discharge capacity of the pump. You should select the size most appropriate for your home’s particular needs.
Continually monitoring the pump and power supply, the system also conducts periodic tests that verify its function to ensure that it will work when needed most. In the event of a power outage, the system automatically activates the battery backup. In addition to sending email or text alerts, these systems often use apps that allow you to monitor their operation from your smartphone. Transmitting notifications when issues occur, this popular feature immediately informs you that your system is experiencing a problem.
Detecting a performance issue early enables to you prevent water damage and major repair expenses in the future. A reliable battery backup system gives you peace of mind that you have additional protection in the event of extreme weather or flooding. Contact Aqua Solutions for more information on these essential systems.