A basement sump pump is a machine, and machines eventually do break down and fail. Parts wear down, screws fall out, wires become frayed and one day you're suddenly without a functioning sump pump.
Instead of stockpiling sump pumps and waiting for the primary pump to fail, the easiest way to be prepared is to have a secondary pump and a battery-powered backup pump.
Systèmes Sous-sol Québec has a line of sump pump installations designed to perform under virtually all types of conditions.
For the number of styles of sump pumps on the market, there's a matching reason why that pump may lose power.
Systèmes Sous-sol Québec has seen everything from tripped circuit breakers and blown fuses to power loss from storms and simply unplugging the system. The outcome for all these situations is the same: flooding, property damage and annoyance.
Components in the UltraSump® system are designed to work together, providing reliable, high-volume pumping capability when the electrical grid goes down.
The UltraSump® Battery Backup System by Basement Systems is a solution to be considered.
When the UltraSump® pump is fully charged, it can remove nearly 12,000 gallons of water. That's the equivalent of a small-sized swimming pool.
The system has an alarm that sounds when it switches on in an emergency and stops when the system turns off.
By installing a sump pump system and a battery-powered pump, you are giving your basement the added protection it deserves.
But if the primary pump was to fail because of mechanical breakdown, you are relying on the longevity of the battery in the back-up pump. Having a secondary, in-line pump eliminates the worry of what happens when the pump breaks and there happens to be a large amount of water at hand.
What's Keeping Your Basement Dry?
|The Problem||Primary Sump Pump||Secondary Pump||Battery Backup Pump|
|Heavy Rain Overwhelms
|Complete Power Failure|
|Primary Pump Failure|
|Primary & Secondary
Sometimes, a homeowner will tie their sump pump system into their generator to keep it powered during outages.
However, this only works if you are home (and awake) to turn the system on. Automatic systems typically cost $7,000-$10,000 to install. Because there is only one pump, you will have no secondary system to address heavy rains or primary pump failure.
Some sump systems include a battery that converts DC battery power into AC power to charge your primary pump.
Transforming DC power to AC is a highly inefficient process, and these battery backup systems often lose their charge within an hour's time. Because there is only one pump, you also will not be protected from pump failure or overwhelming water volume.
Water-powered sump pumps use your water supply to run your sump pump system. Thus, they can operate without power.
Unfortunately, water-powered pumps pump very slowly and require you to have very high water pressure. They are also wasteful systems, discharging 3-5 gallons of good water for every gallons of groundwater pumped out of your home.
Battery Backup Sump Pumps use a battery and a separate battery-powered sump pump to operate.
When a high-quality battery backup is installed, you can pump out thousands of gallons of water on a single charge. And because you have a second pump installed, you're covered during sump pump failures and during overwhelming rains as well as during power outages.