Avoid disaster with a backup system
A battery backup sump pump is one of the most important disaster prevention devices in which you could invest. Most homeowners in Toronto ignore this important aspect, and install simple sump pump systems. However, when the power goes out and your simple pump fails, it can cause significant damage to your property, let alone the loss of expensive or sentimental items that are stored in your basement.
Major repair work can take a few weeks to complete, which can be quite inconvenient, and it is bound to cause your insurance premiums to increase. Instead, save yourself the potential cost and hassle by investing in a battery backup sump pump.
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Battery Backup Sump Pump or Spare Pump?
Pump failure usually occurs because of power outages rather than a problem with the actual pump. Your GFCI outlets may trip during a lightning storm, or you might unplug it for whatever reason, and forget to switch it back on.
That’s not to say that the pump itself doesn’t sometimes fail. Most inexpensive sump pumps don’t have the capacity to handle the flow that comes with rapid snow melts or major downpours, and sometimes, they just lose efficiency. When that happens, the motor will run, but water won’t be ejected.
Wide angle tethered float switches are one of the main causes of pump failure. The free-float switches swirl around the sump basket, and become trapped against the pump, the power cord or discharge pipe. Sometimes, they wear out or they may cause motor burnout, and the pump fails to switch on.
While a backup system is a good idea, it won’t help when you’re out of town during a flood, or when the power fails. A battery backup system is the way to go in both cases.
Battery Backup Sump Pump Installation
Battery backup sump pump systems are easy to install and maintain. Unlike water-powered backup pumps, they work even when there’s no water supply. It is important to check the terminals and battery water levels regularly.
When you decide to invest in a battery backup sump pump, speak to Hoerner Heating & Plumbing. Our technicians are trained to effectively size your battery backup sump pump based on your home’s unique needs.
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