How To Install A Backup Battery In Your Sump Pump

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If you have a sump pump in your house, it is important to install a battery backup system to your primary pump. If your power ever goes out, you can switch from your primary sump pump to your battery backup. With a battery backup, you will always be covered. Here is what you need to know in order to install a battery backup sump pump system.

Purchase A Backup System

The first thing you need to do is purchase a battery based sump pump backup system from your local home improvement store or plumbing store. You will need to know the capacity of your current sump pump. Your battery backup system only needs to meet the capacity of your current system; you don't need to purchase a backup system that has a great capacity that you already use. 

Cut The Drain Line

In order to install your battery backup system, you will need to first cut into the drain line that comes out of the primary sump pump. You need to cut the drain line above the check valve that is already in place. You can use a PVC pipe cutter or hand saw to cut the drain line. You may want to mark where you need to cut with a permanent marker so you have a nice line to refer to as you make your cut.

Install the Elbow Check Value

Once you have cut the drain line, you need to install an elbow check valve right where you made the cut. Use some pipe cleaner to clean both ends of the pipe that you cut. Then, place some PVC cement around the opening on both sides of the drain line that you just cut. Slide the elbow check value into place on the drain line and put some PVC cement around the outside of the value. Hold it in place for a couple minutes in order to allow the cement to dry in place. 

This value will prevent water from flowing into the backup pump when the primary pump is in operation. It will also allow you to switch the flow of water to the backup pump if your primary pump goes out for any reason. 

Install The New Drain Line

Next, take the new drain line from your kit and attach it to the other opening on the elbow check value. Apply PVC cement around the valve and around the drain line. Once again, hold it in place for a few minutes until the cement has dried the line is secure.

Install & Adjust The Bracket

Your backup sump pump and battery will need to be attached to a bracket inside of your sump pit. They need to be suspended in the pit. They should be attached as low in the pit as possible while still being lightly above your primary pump. This will make the job of removing the water easier and will ensure that the maximum amount of water is removed by your sump pump. 

Generally, the bracket can be attached to the inside of your sump pump using a few screws or nails. Your backup sump pump should have included this material in the kit you purchased. 

The pump should be placed on the bottom of the bracket that it came with and the battery should be placed on the top of the bracket. Make sure the batter is secure and balances out the pump. 

Set Up The Backup Sump Pump

Take the new drain line you attached to the elbow check value and attach it to the opening for it on your new backup sump pump outlet port. 

Next, take the power cables that came with the pump and put them into the protective battery case. Attach the battery charger cables to the pump and put the other ends through the battery case. Finally, plug the battery charger into a ground fault circuit interrupter device.

Finally, turn on your new backup sump pump and make sure that it works correctly. It should have lights that turn on and let you know when it is in use. If your power ever goes out, or your primary pump fails for some reason, your backup pump sump should be ready to spring into action. Contact a local plumber, like AA Plumbing, for more help.

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