Why Do I Need a Battery Backup for My Sump Pump?

Sump pumps are highly beneficial for households that are concerned about flooding because of heavy rainfall or because they live near a floodplain. These appliances also protect homes in the event there’s a slab leak or another plumbing emergency that could flood the basement or lower areas of the house. Whether your sump pump turns on regularly or very little, we recommend a battery backup.

Continue reading to learn more about the reasons battery backups are a good idea.

Evaluate Risks of Failure

For the most part, sump pumps work without fail. That being said, these appliances also rely on power to operate. What happens if a severe storm blows through and the power is out for a long time? The sump pump won’t turn on and your home could take on water.

Another thing to consider is the age of the sump pump. As pumps age, they can develop problems. At Torrance Plumbing and Rooter, we recommend a battery backup for all sump pumps over 5 years old. This ensures water continues to be pumped away from the house if the main pump fails. For sump pumps 10 years or older, we recommend considering investing in a new pump and a battery backup.


One of the best features of a battery backup sump pump is its ability to warn homeowners when there’s the danger of flooding and when the need for support is required. To take advantage of these features, homeowners should look for battery backups that offer the following:

  • The ability to self-test for problems
  • Battery status monitoring
  • Alarms

These features ensure that homes stay dry and that homeowners have a change to address the situation to prevent damage.

Easy Maintenance

Another great benefit of battery backups beyond their protective qualities is that they’re easy to maintain. Homeowners don’t have to worry about keeping up with a complex appliance. Battery backups are easy to install and don’t require a water supply.

What homeowners do need to worry about is choosing the right battery backup solution for the home. Purchasing a small capacity battery-operated backup sump pump can cause issues if the power is off for a long time. Choose a pump capable of producing enough power to pump the water as frequently as you need it pumped.

Does Every House Need a Sump Pump?

Not necessarily. In areas where torrential rainfall isn’t a problem, or the house isn’t in a flood plain, one might not need this appliance. However, if you have a sump pump in your home, you for sure want to look into purchasing a battery backup. These devices aren’t expensive, but they’re essential for keeping homes dry if the main sump pump fails.

Would you like to learn more about your battery backup sump pump options? We have plumbers in Torrance who can come to your home and speak with you today. Give us a call at Torrance Plumbing and Rooter to learn more about sump pump solutions.

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