What to Look for in Battery Backup Sump Pumps

When your power goes out, there’s a good chance it’s storming outside. Storms and power outages go hand in hand, so when your power goes out, will your sump pump turn on? Investing in a Battery Backup Sump Pump for your home is a smart idea if you’ve experienced frequent power outages during storms or are in an area that floods frequently. There’s a lot to consider when choosing a battery backup for your sump pump. The professionals at B&W are  available to help you with your plumbing, heating, and drainage needs.

What Does a Sump Pump Do?

A sump pump is a pump that is used to remove water that has gathered into a basin designed to collect water. It is usually found in the basement, crawl space, or lowest level of your home. If your home floods, your sump pump will help protect the home from water damage. Sump pumps run on electricity, so when your power goes out, your sump pump stops working until the power comes back on. If you live in an area that is susceptible to snow and heavy rainfall, then you want to make sure your sump pump is fully operational. Sump pumps should be replaced if they are over 10 years old with a new updated model that has a battery backup. 

Choosing the Right Battery for Your Backup Sump Pump

If you don’t want water in your basement or crawlspace, then you should add a battery backup sump pump. Homeowners can either add a battery sump pump system to their standard sump pump, or they can buy a combo system that comes with a standard pump and a backup sump pump system.

AGM Batteries Vs. Wet Cell Batteries

The best batteries to install on a sump pump are Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries. Today’s backup systems come with AGM batteries. They are truly maintenance free and designed for sump pumps. They do tend to be more expensive, but they are also regarded as safer compared to Wet Cell batteries. They also have faster charging times and can be stacked closer together, allowing for increased energy capacity.

Extra Features of Battery Backup Sump Pumps

Buying a new sump pump battery backup system is a smart idea for several reasons. Getting one ordered and installed through B&W ensures that it runs correctly and will be maintenance free. Newer sump pumps not only come with battery backups, but many come with water alarms and smart device capabilities. 

A water alarm is a device that will beep very loudly when water is present and your sump pump fails. This is important if your sump pump stops working for any reason. Nowadays, you can purchase a Wi-Fi-enabled sump pump alarm that can send alerts via text message or email. Several new sump pumps also have apps that you can monitor or control your sump pump from. 

Call B&W to Have Your New Battery Backup Sump Pump Installed Today

For the latest in sump pump technology, call B&W to inspect your current sump pump today. When it comes to dealing with water and electricity, leave it to the professionals to install the best backup sump pump to fit your needs.