What kind of backup sump pump should you choose?

What kind of backup sump pump should you choose

Certain areas get flooded when it is a low land. Other areas too are prone to flooding, especially when snow and ice melts. If you live in an area where flooding takes place, thus entering your basement and creating a mess; what you need is a sump pump. With this, you can easily control basement flooding and eliminate all kinds of extra expenditure. In case you have valuables in your basement, you need to keep one or more backup sump pumps.

Generally, as in most cases, you can opt for a combination of options for the best backup sump pumps. For this you will need one backup sump pump that is water-powered, one backup sump pump that is standard battery powered, and one pump generator. All these devices taken together will work in unison to keep water out of your basement or crawlspace. Let us take a look at the functions and benefits of having each device.

The best choice that you could possibly make is getting a generator. The main function of a generator is that when there is a lack of power from the mainline, there will be an automatic switch with the help of the generator which runs either on natural gas or propane. In case your house loses power, the generator automatically kicks on and the discharging capacity of the primary sump pump will be maintained. Depending upon the size, these generators range between $4,500 and $10,000. Though you may assume that this is a large sum, these investments are totally worth it, if you have valuables that you want to keep safe in your basement.

In case you do not want to use a generator, you can also opt for a combination set-up. For instance, you can use a pump that is powered by water, which is backed up by one or two battery backup pumps. The water backup pump will only work with the power of water. In this case, there is a float that will rise once the pressure of the water rises, thus causing the opening of a valve, allowing water to flow from your supply line and creating a vacuum. Most systems have the capacity of discharging two gallons of water at a time.

If you choose to backup your water-powered sump pump with an additional battery-powered sump pump like WayneWSS30V, this will be a good option as this would bring in a pumping capacity that is moderate, thus allowing the discharge of water to carry on for a few days or maybe even weeks. You will need to spend around $1,800 for a single battery backup; or if you choose a double battery backup, then the cost would rise to about $2,600-$3,000.

Finally, you will need to decide whether you want a water-pressure sump pump or a battery backup sump pump. You can always take help from a waterproofing contractor who has experience and know what would be the best viable option for your home.