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How to Install a Battery-Powered Backup Sump Pump

Why a sump pump?

Sometimes, especially during rains, we have water leakages. Seeping inside our walls and houses not only it causes damage to property but also encourages fungus to grow over it. Thus leaking water has to be removed immediately. Here comes the work of a sump pump. Its only purpose is to provide protection to your house against unwanted water. A sump pump automatically removes water as it gathers around it.

Why a battery-powered backup sump pump?

Due to its design most of the times it has a mechanical failure or due to power failure goes unnoticed. Thus a back-up is very essential for a sump pump. There are a plethora of options available when it comes to backup for a sump pump. The most common backup sump pump is the battery back-up. In this system a marine battery is used to power a secondary pump which is installed near the primary one and works at the time of failure of the primary pump.

Installation Process of a back-up sump pump.

  1. backupsumppumpdiagramBegin by spreading out and identifying the part of this system. Usually assembly its have an adjustable bracket with them.
  2. Use this bracket and position it as low as possible in the pit without interfering with the primary pump’s operation.
  3. The upper portion along with the battery should remain outside the sump pit and should act as a counter-weight for the pump.
  4. Once that the battery is secured in its place, mount the backup sump pump in the lower portion of the bracket. Make it sure that both the pumps don’t interfere with each other’s operations.
  5. Connect the electrical wires. It of utmost importance that wires be not dangling in the pit. Otherwise it might get caught in the other pump’s impeller and damage both the pumps.
  6. Mount the drain hose to the outlet of the pump and extend it till it reaches the primary drain hose. Cut the primary drain line and attach a back flow valve so that the water flowing from primary drain line will not enter the backup drain hose. Be certain that the secondary drain hose is attached over the valve and check the valve once, otherwise water will seep into the back-up pump and destroy it.
  7. backupsumppumpcraftsmanConnect the charger to the battery and the outlet of the pump. Make sure the outlet should be a GFCI configuration device as it provides security against electrical fires and electrocution. Once the pump is installed try running both of them. Then check and double-check the working of each part.

Apart from this, it is recommended that one must install an alert system which warns the user about the failure of the primary pump. If there was a mechanical failure you will want to know about it as soon as possible so that you can mend it accordingly.

Try installing a float switch. This will come handy whenever there is more water than your primary pump can handle. Also choose the batteries carefully. The modern marine ones are just fit it and forget it which makes them more user-friendly than the traditional acid ones.

Basement Watchdog provides good backups for online purchase. Otherwise just go to your local Lowe’s or Home Depot.



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