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Why Would You Need a Backup Sump Pump?

Although backup sump pumps are not required in your home, they are certainly helpful. Homeowners often learn the hard way that it’s always best to be overprepared rather than underprepared. Having a backup sump pump gives you peace of mind knowing that your home is protected from flooding. We recommend that homeowners have a battery-operated backup sump pump, and here’s why.

Why you need a backup sump pump

In the Event of a Power Outage

If the power goes out in your home, your primary sump pump will not work since it relies on your main power supply. Under normal circumstances, an electric-powered sump pump is a good solution for draining water from your basement or crawl space. However, in extreme circumstances such as a tornado, hurricane, or thunderstorm, your sump pump could fail and leave your home vulnerable to flooding. Having a battery-operated backup sump pump ensures the water still drains. 

Aid Primary Sump Pump 

Sometimes, your primary sump pump might not be strong enough to manage a massive flood. At times like this, your primary sump pump may need extra help to remove excess water. With a backup sump pump, your home will always be protected, no matter the circumstances. Often, you can set up your two sump pumps to work simultaneously. For this scenario, you must ensure that your backup sump pump has an independent discharge pipe that is not connected to your primary pump. 

In the Event Your Primary Sump Pump Fails Unexpectedly

Your electrical sump pump could fail unexpectedly. There are multiple possible reasons for this, but some of the most common issues include:

  • A failed switch 
  • Blocked or frozen discharge pipes
  • Normal wear and tear 

If your sump pump fails for any reason, your home is at risk. That’s why you should invest in a battery-operated backup sump pump. Once your primary pump fails, your backup pump will switch on to remove excess water. Regularly check the backup’s batteries and keep backup batteries on hand. 

Expert Sump Pump Services

If you’re ready to install a backup sump pump, Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating is here to help. In addition to providing professional sump pump installation services, we offer sump pump maintenance services and emergency plumbing repair services in MD. Contact us now to schedule an appointment. 

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