Back-Up Sump Pump Options

A sump pump installed in a basement of a home with a water powered backup system.

Have you recently had a new sump pump installed? It may surprise you to learn that having a back-up sump pump is just as important as your main sump pump. If your power goes out during a rainstorm or an unexpected power outage occurs, a back-up sump pump can save the day and prevent major flooding in your basement. If you need more information, contact The Plumber of Buffalo. Back-up sump pumps are a handy thing to have, and there are several different options options to consider:

Battery sump pump

A battery-operated back-up sump pump is a separate pump that goes along with your existing sump pump and runs strictly on a battery. These types of pumps are easy to find in stores and do not require professional installation as they simply plug into your sump pump. However, with this option, remember that your back-up sump pump’s battery will not last forever, so you will need to replace the battery if it is used for any given length of time.

Home or portable generator

A home generator or small portable generator functions as a back-up sump pump. Keep in mind that portable generators require an extension cord to connect with your sump pump and require fuel to run. You can opt for either a portable or standby generator; however, there are differences in how long they can each provide fuel. A portable generator can keep your sump pump running for days, while also helping your refrigerator, furnace fan and other appliances continue to function. A standby generator, which costs more, is a permanent option which has the capacity to run for weeks in the event of a major power outage.

Water-powered pump

Becoming one of the more popular back-up options, a water-powered sump pump operates by water run through a pipe at a high-speed suction. Water-powered pumps function off your home’s municipal water pressure and can run as long as water is readily available. These pumps do not require any battery to operate, requiring no monitoring or replacements. If you’re seeking a low-maintenance option, water-powered pumps may be just the right fit.

Installing a highly efficient and reliable back-up sump pump is one of the most important steps you can take in keep your home’s basement free of floods and dampness. Are you ready to explore back-up sump pump options? Contact the experienced team of HVAC professionals at The Plumber of Buffalo. Back-up sump pump help is just a call away!

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