Your sump pump is one of those things you may not consider until you need it—then you count on it to be operating as it should. Some homes with basements or crawl spaces are sheltered from ground water damage by a network of drainage pipes around the foundation. The pipes direct water into a shallow pit, or sump, where a sump pump pushes the water out and away from the house through a discharge pipe. A damaged or broken pump can rapidly allow water to overflow the sump and damage your basement.
Although fairly simple, a sump pump is one of the most essential and overlooked disaster prevention devices in a home. Sump pumps work regularlyl each time water fills the sump, making them easy to forget about. While usually very reliable, it is only as good as the power that keeps it running.
When this simple system gives out, the results can be catastrophic, causing thousands of dollars in damage, daily disruptions caused by major repair work and higher insurance premiums for years to come. So spending some time and money on evading failure makes a lot of sense. That’s the appeal of sump pump battery backup systems—no matter what the cause of the pump failure, a backup system will save the day.
Advantages of battery backup systems
- Effortless to maintain
- Basic installation
Unlike water-powered systems, battery backup systems operate when there’s no water supply
- Reliable during power outages
Considerations for battery backup systems
Battery may run down before power is restored
Battery water levels must be checked every few months
Battery terminals must be cleaned twice a year
Battery must be replaced every five years (and costs approximately $100)
So, when your sump pump starts acting different, call Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to investigate your issue and help you decide on new sump pump installation, repair or replacement for your Albany home.