Why Does My Pump Keep Running?

Constantly running sump pumps can be a cause of stress for a homeowner. The thought of having that much water moving around under your house can be unsettling. Her are the facts though:

If your pump kicks on with high regularity then it only means two things: the pump works, and that you have a lot of water under your floor in that particular area. In high excess of water you may need another pump. This is depending on whether you have a properly installed interior drainage system. If not more pumps will not solve/prevent a leak. Only a good drainage system will do that. If, on the other hand, you have no interior drainage but just a pump then it is very likely that pump would run very often after a rain. Whether it could be over run depends on your conditions and how you interior system is installed.

Are Battery Backup Sump Pumps Necessary?

This is a very common question among homeowners that are hiring a contractor to install a new waterproofing system. Often the contractor will sell them the pump giving them no idea of how to service or maintain them. Overall battery backup sump pumps are quite finicky beasts. Batteries and water are not great pals to begin with. Most pumps come with alarms that will sound if the pump is low on charge. The problem is with enough of these soundings the alarm itself dies. Then when the power goes out (and your in Hawaii) your basement floods and guess what doesn’t kick on? The battery back up!

The best bet is to install a sump pump with a self contained trickle charger that will recharge the battery naturally with the flow of water. Ask your contractor about this and they will look into it/learn about them. Anything less than this will certainly result in a mess.. eventually.