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Keep Spring Rains Out of Your Basement with a Battery Backup Sump Pump

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Posted on: April 2, 2012

Just Give it the ol’ “One, Two,” and It Won’t Stand a Chance.

One: A basement sump pump.

Two: A battery backup sump pump.

These two types of sump pumps, working as a team, can keep your basement nice and dry and prevent any resulting water damage to your home or personal belongings.

If your basement is prone to flooding, you might already have a sump pump, your first line of defense. If you don’t already have one, and you’re tired of mopping up water and propping up your basement belongings to prevent water damage – not to mention associated problems with mold and excess humidity – then consider installing a submersible sump pump.

A submersible sump pump runs on electricity and sits below floor level in a waterproof container that includes a sensor that gauges the water level. Once the water reaches that level, the pump engages and pumps the water out automatically.

But what happens when the power goes out during a heavy rain storm? Your sump pump will immediately stop working, which is why many careful homeowners opt for a battery backup sump pump.

Should a power outage occur, your main sump pump will shut off and, just as quickly, a battery sump pump will kick in. Battery backup sump pumps look like an oversized car battery and automatically charge while your power is on, keeping them poised for action if and when needed. It has a sensor located a little higher than your main pump. If the water level reaches that sensor, the battery sump pump “knows” your power supply is down which triggers its DC power to turn on and start pumping water outside… where it belongs. Battery backup sump pumps can operate for up to 7 hours without being re-charged.

Beyond the obvious benefit of keeping your basement dry, a battery backup sump pump:

  • Keeps your foundation intact.
  • Gives you one less thing to worry about during stormy weather
  • Prevents fungus, mold and mildew.
  • A dry basement will prevent termite and insect infestation.

If the ‘ol “one, two” is the right combination to help protect your home and your belongings, contact Len The Plumber today to learn more about battery backup sump pumps in Maryland.

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