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How to Pick the Perfect Battery Backup Sump Pump

How to Pick the Perfect Battery Backup Sump Pump (shared from Mammoth Restoration & Cleaning)

If your home has a basement, you are probably familiar with sump pumps.  Sump pumps are like kickers on NFL teams; you only notice them when they don’t come through.  If  a sump pump fail, your basement can flood, damaging property and valuables.

Learning about the different types of sump pumps can help you protect your home.

Primary Sump Pumps

Primary sump pumps are the standard pumps found in many residences.  They are designed to pump seepage water out of your basement and prevent flooding.  They can pump out several thousand gallons an hour to keep your home safe and dry.  

There are two types of primary sump pumps:  submersible pumps and pedestal pumps.  Submersible pumps are put under water in your sump pump basin.  Pedestal pumps are positioned out of water – above your sump basin.

Battery Backup Sump Pumps

Primary sump pumps are electric-powered and are rendered useless during a power outage.  Battery backup pumps provide added insurance during power outages.  

The battery backup unit is only used in the event of a blackout.  When the power goes out, the battery on the unit kicks in providing the pump with power so it continues working, even without regular electric power.  New technology allows some of these pumps to even text or email you in the event of a a failure.

Combination Sump Pumps

Combination sump pumps are just that; a combination of a primary pump and a battery backup all in one package.  With a combination sump pump, you are protected under normal circumstances and in power outages as well.  The backup pump will also kick on in the event the primary pump cannot keep up with the water as it enters the basin.

Sewage Pumps

Sewage pumps are not like traditional sump pumps but can be used for this purpose.  Sewage pumps are primarily designed to pump sewage waste and effluent from a home to a septic system.

Sewage pumps can pass solids up to 2″, which is one of the biggest differences from regular sump pumps.  Once installed, sewage pumps run automatically.  They can either be installed in the septic tank itself, or in a separate pump chamber.

Some insurance companies will give a discount on your homeowners insurance if you have a sump pump backup, so be sure to check with your agent. As always, if you have additional questions or would like to talk more, give us at Gilles Smith Purdum a call at 614-878-0240 or email!  

 And if you need immediate assistance do to water backup, give Mammoth Restoration & Cleaning a call.

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