Ask Your Home Inspector Huntley IL If You Need A Battery Backup For Sump Pump?

Posted on: March 22, 2016 by in Blog, Home Improvement
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Sump pumps are a normal topic of discussion during most home inspections. As home designs have changed, new building standards have been introduced and components added to increase the reliability of systems. A home’s foundation system includes weeping tiles and sump pumps. They are not just an afterthought, but an integral part of the home’s defense against its number one enemy. That enemy is water.

One of the biggest discussions involving sump pumps is the need for a battery backup system. There are many different brands on the market that all provide different levels of protection. Obviously these products all come with a price tag. I have noticed a vast range of prices for these systems. You can get one starting at $159 with retail prices going up to $2000 and more. How do you decide which one best suits your needs?

There are many factors to take into consideration when deciding on a battery backup system according to Home Inspector Huntley IL.

Monitor the pump. Keep track of how often it runs under normal (no rain) conditions.
• See if that number changes during a steady rainfall.
• Determine if there is a big difference during a heavy rainfall.
• How often do you lose power?
• Make sure the pump and its check valve are operating properly.

Depending on the water table in an area, there are some homes whose pumps very seldom or never turn on. There are others that seem to run all the time. If your pump is one that runs a lot, you may want to think about adding and maintaining a battery backup system for your own ‘Peace of Mind’.

Thanks for reading! If you would like to talk more in depth about sump pumps, battery backups, or any other home maintenance call our office today. Our number is 847 669 9040.


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