Spring brings rain and winds. Unfortunately, this means that your sump pump may have to work harder to remove water or may go offline due to a power outage. Unfortunately, both of these issues can cause your sump pump to fail. Should either happen, they do not have to cause a plumbing disaster. Having a backup battery for your sump pump can help to prevent many bigger issues that can occur if the sump pump would otherwise be down for some time. Here is some information every sump pump owner should know about sump pump batteries.
Who Should Have a Sump Pump Battery?
Sump pumps are most commonly placed in basements or lower spots of a home where water may be able to get in. The sump pump can pump water away from the home, so this type of space does not flood. However, most rely on power to work. If your sump pump loses power or is not functioning properly, due to its age or a lack of maintenance, the battery backup may help your sump pump to function or alert you to the fact that there is something wrong. As such, it is recommended that those who have a sump pump also have a backup battery.
What Does a Sump Pump Battery Help to Do?
As was mentioned above, the battery backup on a sump pump helps it function and provides you with alarms or alerts if the electric components on a sump pump are not working. This helps to lower the water in the pump, which in turn, helps to prevent flooding that can otherwise happen if the pump gets too full or overflows. Ultimately, this can decrease the chance of costly and devastating flooding occurring in your home and the risk of mold developing due to sitting water.
How Do You Maintain a Sump Pump Battery?
A sump pump battery is easy to maintain. Most have a test button on them, allowing you to test the battery. If yours does not have a test button, you can simply disconnect your sump pump from its power source to ensure the battery is properly holding a charge and functioning. You should also look for signs of damage and corrosion to the battery. If any is noted, the battery should be replaced.
Having a sump pump backup battery can help to prevent plumbing emergencies. But if you don’t have one, or the battery also goes down, you may need a plumber. At Crawford Mechanical Services, we are here to help with all of your plumbing needs. Call us 24/7 to fix your emergency plumbing disasters!