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Power Outage Prep: Sump Pump Backup Options [VIDEO]

by The Handyguys

in Basements, Plumbing, Video Podcasts

In this show, The Handyguys discuss different three different sump pump backup options.

Do you need a sump pump to keep your basement dry? What will you do if the power goes out during a storm? How will you keep things dry. When disaster strikes in form of a rainstorm, hurricane, or earthquake, use these tips to keep your sump pump working.

Option 1: Battery Backup Sump Pump

The first option that Handyguys Brian and Paul explore is a battery backup. With this option, homeowners would have a separate pump that goes into the sump pit with an existing electric power source. This pump runs off battery. If the power goes out, the water rises so that this system can filter it. These battery backups are easy to find, but homeowners should have a professional help them with installation if need be. With these pumps, you are also able to use the same discharge line as your primary pump.

Since this option is battery operated that means that this is simply a short-term solution. These battery backups run about 4-5 hours. However, since the pump is not on 24/7, this solution should last about a day in power outages. Homeowners also need to remember to replace the battery every 3-5 years depending on usage.

Option 2: Backup Generator For Sump Pump

The second option that homeowners can consider is a backup generator. Ideally, homeowners could have a whole home generator, but a small portable one can handle a sump pump. Since a portable generator is smaller, it probably can only be used to run a sump pump during a power outage. Homeowners should be sure to size a generator appropriately and will most likely have to put it outside. Homeowners should also have an extension cord handy to run from the generator to the sump pump.

Option 3: Water Powered Sump Pump

The last option that The Handyguys present is a water powered sump pump. This uses city water to drive a pump that will take over when electricity fails. This pump uses the water pressure to pump out the water from you pit, and typically gets mounted in an unfinished basement. Once mounted, this pump is ready to run in case of a power outage. While this option is very reasonable, it does require professional installation. In addition, if homeowners have a finished basement, they may not have access to what they need in order to install this type of backup pump.

The Handyguys present all of these options for homeowners to consider in cases of power outage. Keep watching The Handyguys for more helpful household tips!

Thanks to Allstate for sponsoring this video.

Some of the damage that can happen if your sump pump is not running properly during a power outage

 

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