Has anyone in the group used an inverter, 12V battery, & battery charger to
provide sort of a poor man's UPC for a sump pump backup? Would love to hear
your successes or failures (so I don't repeat them).
Can't comment on that specifically (although it Will work
for as long as the battery holds out), but I have to wonder
if, given that you don't think you can survive a brief power
outage without the sump, you have other drainage issues that
ought to be addressed.
The problem area is the basement of a 50 year old church. According to what
I have been told their pump cycles 3 or 4 times per day during normal
weather: less during a dry spell, and of course more when there is heavy
rain. I plan to run some cycles to see how long a deep cycle battery (105
AH) will run their pump without re-charging the battery.
Thanks for your comment.
Around here people are building quite litterally in the middle of
wetlands. Thier sump pumps run all year round, and non-stop during the
spring. They have them ducted all the way out to the ditch at the road, so
you can see that they contantly run. I saw them digging a new foundation
the other day, and they had pumps running just to keep the hole they were
digging dry. I'd never buy a house that had feet that wet, but then maybe
I'm just strange.
If I felt the need of a back up, I would look into a full back up. That
is use a 12V batter and a 12V pump. After all you have a good chance of a
pump failure as well as an electric failure. They make these for boats that
you can use, or systems designed as backup for home units including battery
My question is this. If you need a backup, how much of a back up do you
really need. Is a single 12V battery really going to handle it. Sure it
will pump out the sump a few times, but then what?
>They do make 12V sumps just for the backup purpose - "ace in the hole" is a
>popular brand. Most Home Depots and the like carry these right next to the
>"regular" sump pumps.
>> Has anyone in the group used an inverter, 12V battery, & battery charger to
>> provide sort of a poor man's UPC for a sump pump backup? Would love to
>> hear your successes or failures (so I don't repeat them).
Are there sump pump with a gasoline engine avaiable as a backup?
The pump must be put outside during a bad weather, and be able
to go to idle when the sump pit is empty.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.