Sump Pump Safety

July 15, 2015

Power outages seem to be a fact of life in the Lower Mainland of BC. and certain parts of the Fraser Valley seem to be more prone to this than others. Whether the cause is a tree brought down onto nearby power lines by a passing windstorm or interuptions caused by regular mainainance on the power grid by the local power supply company, the result is the same. Your home has no electrical power, no TV and internet services and probably no telephone.

To some homeowners this is an irritating inconvenience, to others it could mean an expensive clean up. If you don’t have the luxury of a standby generator that kicks in during a power outage, there are some safety measures available to reduce the risk to your home.

A battery powered back-up sump pump takes over for your electric sump pump in the event of a malfunction or power failure.

Odds are high that if you need your sump pump, it is most likely storming outside and there is a high probability of a power loss.

The float of a battery powered, back-up sump pump is positioned higher up the sump hole, above the main electric pump. If the electric pump fails and the water level continues to rise, the battery powered back-up pump kicks in and does the job in place of the electric pump. An audible alarm sounds alerting you to the fact that you are now using the back-up system.

The 12 volt DC battery will last for approximately 4 hours or until electric power is restored (whichever is less), at which time it will shut off and recharge for its next call of duty.

For maximum reliability, we highly recommend that your sump pump have its own designated circuit to reduce the risk of other things on the circuit tripping the breaker thereby leaving you unprotected.

Contact us here or call us at any of the numbers listed on our contact page. Our electricians would be happy to assist you with any of the electrical requirements to ensure your home stays dry during the next  downpour.

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