January 01

Do I Need a Battery Backup for My Sump Pump?

If you live in a low-lying area or an area prone to flooding, then you would be wise to install a sump pump in the basement. Most sump pumps are connected to outlets, and they depend on the building’s electrical system for power. Shrewd homeowners realize that the electrical system is not completely reliable, especially during storms and flooding. They might invest in a generator to insure themselves, or they might consider a battery backup.

Here at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Tampa, we recommend you install a battery backup at the least. If you have the means, investing in a generator is an even better layer of protection. Feel free to call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Tampa if you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to hire one of our experienced plumbers for a sump pump installation, replacement, or repair.

Consider the Risks

Whenever you think about making an investment, you should perform a cost-benefit analysis. Every individual’s situation is different, so you must evaluate your circumstances and make the decision for your particular scenario. Here are some questions to consider:

  • Is your basement overly reliant on the sump pump? That is, does the sump pump activate frequently when it rains or pours?
  • Is your basement finished and furnished? Are there appliances and other property that is vulnerable to moisture and wetness?
  • Does your neighborhood suffer power outages several times per year? Do these power outages generally occur during storms or torrential rainfall?

If you answered yes to these questions, then a battery backup for your sump pump installation would be a wise investment. In short, you should get a battery backup if it will cost less than the damages resulting from flooding in the basement. Plus, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Tampa offers affordable service. Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing today to schedule an appointment.

Don’t Forget Maintenance

Installing a batter backup for your sump pump does not mean the sump pump becomes self-sufficient. Routine maintenance is still crucial. Here are some common maintenance items to keep in mind:

  • Make sure the sump pump’s battery is charged and all cords are durable.
  • Make sure the pump is standing upright and not leaning or tipped over.
  • In the case of a submersible sump pump, periodically remove it from the basin and clean the grate on the bottom.
  • Make sure the vent hole in the discharge pipe is clear.
  • Make sure outlet pipes are secure and drain out at least 20 feet away from the building’s foundation.
  • Regularly test the sump pump by pouring a bucket of water into the sump pit.
  • Periodically test the battery is operational by unplugging the cord.

Arrange Repairs Without Delay

If your sump pump fails a test or if the battery is dysfunctional, then call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Tampa to arrange a repair as soon as possible. The last thing you want is to get caught in a storm without a working sump pump.

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