Thinking about purchasing a water-powered backup sump pump system to protect your home from flooding and high groundwater issues? Pride Plumbing of Rochester is your go-to plumbing company for reliable information and first-class installation. Our team of licensed, award-winning plumbers can take care of groundwater issues quickly and efficiently. Here are a few things to know if you’re considering a water-powered backup system.
Things to Consider
Water-powered backup sumps operate using your municipal water source to create suction which pulls the water out of your sump pit in the event your main sump pump fails. It’s connected by a ¾” line to your municipal water source. The water is pumped out of your basement through dedicated piping that’s run through the sill plate and dispersed externally. This is a safety measure to ensure the water leaves your basement in the event your main drainage has been clogged. The system is also equipped with an alarm to notify you when your main pump has failed and your water backup has been turned on.
It has a couple of distinct advantages. First, your sump system will continue to drain excess water from your basement during a power outage without the need for a battery or power source. Unlike battery-operated backups, water-powered backups never lose their power. As long as you are connected to municipal water and there is sufficient water pressure (typically at least 20-25 PSI), the run time is virtually unlimited. The money you’ll spend on the water bill in an emergency is a drop in the bucket compared to the cost of flood repair. Secondly, using a water-powered backup eliminates the need to monitor and maintain a battery which makes it a favorite among property managers, vacation rentals and those who may not want to monitor their systems as often. We install many of these systems a year in neighborhoods like Penfield, Webster, and Brighton. Check out our reviews and read what our customers think about our fast, friendly service.
Keep in mind that if you are in a more rural neighborhood like Mendon, Honeoye Falls or Victor and your water supply comes from a well, then water-powered backup systems aren’t a good choice for you. Partly because the power outage will shut off the well pump. You’ll also want to make sure your home meets the backup pumps specific criteria for water pressure, flow rate, and pipe type. Keep in mind that a water-powered backup pump may not pump out as much volume as a battery-powered backup pump. Generally speaking, water-powered backups have the capacity to move between 800-1000 gallons of water per hour at a 10’ lift when fully functioning. That’s nothing to sneeze at! But if you’re concerned about a water-powered backup system being able to keep up in the event of a flood, it’s better to ask questions beforehand rather than find out the hard way. Pride Plumbing is happy to help you determine which water-powered backup pump will work for you. We are also proud to feature and install American made systems like Liberty Pumps!