Backup Sump Pump Installation
If you have a backup sump pump installed, it’s important to keep it working properly. The first step is to check the battery’s health. It’s important that the battery lasts for at least three to five years. If it’s older than ten years, you may want to replace it. If you are not certain, you can check the battery’s condition by performing periodic tests. You should also keep it clean and inspected regularly.
The next step is to connect the backup pump to the home’s water supply. You’ll need a 3/4 or one-inch water supply line, and a discharge pipe to empty the pump’s reservoir. The discharge pipe should have a screen at the bottom to keep large debris from flowing into the pump. The backup pump should also have a check valve, which prevents water from flowing back into the sump pit. A battery-powered backup sump pump is relatively easy to maintain. Once installed, it will pump water out of your home even if the main pump stops working. However, it’s important to monitor the battery’s water levels and battery terminals regularly to ensure that they are working properly. Also, make sure that the battery’s capacity is appropriate for the size of your home.
Another option for backup sump pump installation is a water-powered pump. These pumps run on water pressure and use about one gallon of city water for every two gallons of sump water that they remove. For example, a pump capable of removing 1500 GPH will use 750 gallons of city water. Some municipalities have water restrictions, so you should check if the pump you’re considering is allowed in your area. If it is, the water bill may be high, so make sure to read the local ordinances before making a decision.