How to Install a Backup Sump Pump

How to Install a Backup Sump Pump

Homes and businesses that are located near flood zones and basins that get a lot of rainfall should beware of their building flooding with runoff water. There are many ways to combat this risk and a sump pump installation is one of the best. Mr. Rooter Plumbing has installation services available for residents in Central New Jersey, but we also want to help our community be self-sufficient. This article will guide you through installing a backup sump pump on your own. If you prefer to have a trained expert take care of this installation, then feel free to call Mr. Rooter Plumbing and schedule your flexible appointment today. We can also arrange an urgent dispatch.

What Is A Backup Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a simple machine designed to pump excess moisture and water out of a basement or crawl space in your building. These pumps come in two forms: a submersible and the pedestal pump. The difference is small. A submersible pump is enclosed in a waterproof case while a pedestal pump is kept out of the water. Pedestal pumps are generally less expensive but also much louder than submersible pumps.
As its name suggests, a backup sump pump provides an extra layer of defense against flooding in case the primary sump pump fails. They are usually battery or water-pressure powered, capable of working even when the primary sump pump loses power during an outage. This feature is especially valuable considering storms usually bring power outages along with torrential rainfall.

Installing a Backup Sump Pump

Backup sump pumps are either battery powered or powered by water pressure. Water-pressure powered sump pumps must be connected to your building's water supply and, thus, should be installed by a certified professional. A battery powered backup sump pump can be handled as a DIY project, however:

  • Clear out your workspace and clean the area and primary sump pump.
  • Attach a check valve onto the primary sump pump and tighten it to the side of the new backup sump pump.
  • Set the backup sump pump into the sump pit.
  • Create a discharge pipe by cutting a 1.5-inch diameter PVC pipe.
  • Connect the PVC pipe to the sump fittings and the original discharge pipe with a rubber connector and hose clamps.
  • Place the backup sump pump's marine battery inside a protective box and place it onto a nearby shelf.
  • Use a low-voltage connection to connect the battery and the backup sump pump.
  • Plug the battery to an appropriate electrical outlet to charge.

Leave It to The Professionals

If you want to save time or put your faith in the experts, then call Mr. Rooter Plumbing to leave the installation to the professionals. Our certified plumbers are always available to dispatch to your location. Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing now to speak with a live representative and take advantage of our 24-hour emergency services. We can have a certified plumber dispatched within the hour.

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