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Why Do I Need a Battery for My Sump Pump?

Why Do I Need a Battery for My Sump Pump?

To keep your sump pump up-and-running when you need it the most, consider keeping a battery backup around just in case.

If you’ve lived through excessive rainfall or are close to a floodplain, you’re probably already familiar with what a sump pump is. They are put in place when it may be necessary to move water away from a house into a storm drain or drywell, which can be a lifesaver when it comes to preventing your basement or lower areas in your home from flooding. In order to get the most from sump pumps, it’s important that you’re prepared for the worst—which may mean a storm knocking out your power. To keep your sump pump up-and-running when you need it the most, consider keeping a battery backup around just in case. 

Risky Situations

By knowing the likelihood of whether or not your basement will flood, you can determine whether a battery backup is appropriate for your sump pump. During larger storms, power outages can leave a sump pump out of commission. If you know that’s an issue you deal with even just once a year, a battery backup is likely a good investment for you. 

Doing so means you won’t need to deal with expensive repairs or water damage that can completely destroy your property. It’ll also give you a sense of peace that you can’t put a price tag on. Just note that older pumps (10 or more years old) ought to be replaced outright, whereas a pump between 5-10 years old also runs the risk of breaking down and can absolutely benefit from a battery backup.

Simple Maintenance

Battery backups are easy to install and will continue working provided you do simple maintenance, which is easy. You must check battery water levels and terminals on a fairly regular basis so that even if your power goes out, your backup battery will continue powering your sump pump. Different needs are also going to call for different solutions, which often means picking the right battery capacity depending on how often your pump runs. Those differences can play a part in maintenance but overall, it’s a simple process.

Danger Warnings

Battery backups are getting even more sophisticated than we’ve ever seen before. Some of these can even monitor the status of the battery, run regular tests, and send a notification to your smartphone if there’s an issue. That kind of oversight allows you to protect your home and prevent flooding. If you have a finished basement with expensive personal possessions in it, a good battery backup like this could be a financial benefit.


Alpha Plumbing is a full-service plumbing and contracting company serving the Baltimore and Annapolis metro area with expertise in all aspects of plumbing. We’re family-owned and operated since 1991 from our office in Pasadena. We offer quality plumbing services at reasonable rates in a timely fashion. Our trucks are equipped with GPS systems to ensure we’re prompt and on time. No job is too large or too small! We maintain a fleet of well-stocked trucks and also own and operate our own backhoes for jobs requiring excavation.

For more information and to get a free no-obligation estimate, you can contact us on our website, send us an e-mail, or give us a call at (410) 255-5998.

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