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A Primary Sump Pump is the heart of your home’s drainage system. It moves water from your basement to the outside of your home. A pit, known as a basin, holds the Sump Pump, which is equipped with valves that sense escalating water levels or pressure.


When the water gets too high, sump pumps automatically pump excess water out of the basement through a discharge pipe. Backup sump pumps are just that — backup for when your Primary Pump fails. Whether it’s a primary or backup, a functional Sump Pump is essential to prevent water from entering your basement, which can lead to stressful, costly, and disruptive repairs.

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What is the function of a Battery Backup Sump Pump?

A Battery Backup Sump Pump serves the same purpose as a Primary Sump Pump, but it does so only when the main Sump Pump falters. Primary Sump Pumps rely on the electricity that powers the home, which means a power outage equals a (Primary) Sump Pump outage. Other reasons pumps break down are mechanical failures and normal wear and tear.


When any of the above happens and the water level inside the Sump Pump pit rises, the backup Sump Pump, which runs on a battery, automatically starts working. Over a long enough period, a Sump Pump will fail, and it’ll generally happen without warning. Most Sump Pumps have an average life span of 5 to 7 years, after which they need replacing. 

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