A sump pump is frequently the only thing standing between a dry basement and a basement that’s underwater. A sump pump is a simple, yet powerful, tool in a total waterproofing package. However, without a backup battery connected to the sump pump, your sump pump running on an electric current may not be enough.
Homeowners without a backup battery powered sump pump in their sump pit are risking extensive damage to their basements and homes. We’ve heard horror stories from many GTA customers who are forced to call us after it’s too late. Their sump pump has failed, and their basement has flooded during a power outage. At Royal Work Waterproofing, Corp., we’ve been installing battery powered sump pumps for our Toronto customers for years.
The technology behind a standard sump pump is simple: A flotation device attached to the pump lets the pump motor know when the water level in the sump pit rises above a certain level. The motor kicks at that point and the sump pump starts pumping the water from the pit into a connected outlet pipe and away from the basement.
While the technology is fairly simple and it all runs on an electric power source, the trouble begins if the power source goes down. Power outages are not uncommon in most towns, and even large cities like Toronto can experience intermittent power outages during a rainstorm or snowstorm. Once the power source is down, the flotation device on the sump pump can no longer communicate with the motor and the pump stops – even while water is rising to dangerous levels in the sump pit.
Installing a battery backup is an excellent insurance in case the electric goes out. When you consider the costs of having to fix flood damage to your foundation, basement and drainage system – and in a worst-case scenario having to replace walls and furniture – the short-term cost of installing a heavy-duty battery is well worth the peace of mind.
The sump pump is connected to a heavy-duty battery, enclosed in a waterproof casing. When the flotation device on the backup battery attached to the sump pump detects the water rising above a level that’s normal – the battery starts up and supplies backup power to the sump pump. The sump pump continues pumping water out of the sump pit. A simple precaution like a battery backup can avert total disaster and a flooded basement.
The waterproofing professionals at Royal Work Waterproofing Corp. have helped thousands of GTA customers prevent floods with sump pump battery backup installations. Our licensed staff understands the intricacies of a proper installation. Don’t leave the safety of your home to chance. Call us today for a free consultation and we can tell you if a battery backup for your sump pump is the right choice for your home.