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Should You Have A Battery-Powered Backup Sump Pump?

As you may have read in our post 4 Facts About Sump Pumps, many homes with a basement or crawlspace below ground level will need a sump pump. This is often due to the fact that storm water can flow into your home through a perimeter drain, causing your basement or crawlspace to flood. This is exactly the problem that a sump pump works to prevent. But how do you know if you need a battery-powered backup sump pump?

Say there's a big storm, like the one we recently had in Indianapolis, where it rained up to 3" in some areas within a matter of minutes. Say you already have a sump pump that could help prevent a flood in your basement... But then the power goes out! Yikes.



Sump pumps are usually hardwired to your home's electrical system. So with the power, out goes your sump pump. You're left with nothing to move water out of your basement... Unless, of course, you have a handy, dandy battery-powered backup sump pump!

Operated by a battery, hence its name, the backup will pump water out of the sump pit even when the power is out. It will also pump water out of the sump pit when the main pump fails to work, or when water flow exceeds the capacity of the main pump.

At Hope Plumbing, we install Zoeller® sump pumps and battery-powered backup sump pumps. We also have the ability to install most homeowner supplied sump pumps and backups. Call our office today to schedule an appointment or inquire about pricing.


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