What to Do With Your Sump Pump During a Power Outage?

Flooded basement

March 24, 2021

Any sump pump is vital to a property once installed correctly. In fact, it can be a leading asset in the protection of your home against the ingress of water, floods, and water-related damage such as damp, mould, and even damaged foundations.

So, any interruption in your sump pump operation is going to be a major cause for concern, its safe to say. Luckily, there are options available to you if you are concerned about a potential break-in service during a blackout or a sudden loss of power. So, here are the best options of what to do with a sump pump if you ever experience a power outage.

Check Your Sump Pump’s Backup Systems


Luckily for most, this situation has been taken into account when it comes to the manufacturing of sump pumps. Many will be fitted with an onboard DC power source, which in layman’s terms means that when an alternating current (or the mains connection fails) a backup battery within the sump pump itself will kick in to keep your pump working and protect your basement.

The easiest way to check if your sump pump has an onboard battery source which it can rely on is by looking through the manual or certification of your pump that was given to you following its installation.

If you have used ourselves for a sump pump installation, then you have probably been recommended a three pump station solution, in which case you will have a battery-operated pump to rely on.

If you have not got access to documentation on your sump pump, and want to figure out if you have a battery pump in your system, or if you just want to check that your battery-operated pump is working, then head to the area in which your sump pump is located.

If you can hear that sump pump noise of the pump in operation, then you will have most likely have a working pump, and not have to worry any further.

However, if you have no pump available to you during a power outage, then it could be cause for concern.

Assess the Priority of Keeping Your Basement Dry

If you have a power out during a dry spell, or when rainfall is at its lowest, then you really don’t need to be all too concerned with the water level in your basement.

Short power cuts mean that not too much water will be entering your basement before the sump pump kicks back in, and all the better if it happens when the weather is dry.

In this situation, checking your basement routinely for any potential liquid that has made its way into your property should be enough.

Once the power has returned, you should check once more and dry any collected water that might be in your basement at all with a mop, a sponge or even a towel.

That’s the best-case scenario, and will most likely require little to no attention at all. What if the power cut occurs during a storm though?

In this situation, your first priority should be making sure that your property is secure against the elements. If you are confident, then your next biggest priority will be staying on top of any water making its way into your basement.

Control Rising Water Levels In Basement

A great way to control a rising water level in a basement, or rapidly pooling and collecting water is with the use of a hand pump. A hand pump can be lowered into the powerless sump pump, and then attached to a standard garden hose.

The groundwater will hopefully lead away from your property and into a drain, or at least 10 metres from your property (to prevent lateral pressure leading to more flooding).

If your hose isn’t that long, then I’m afraid it’s time to get a bucket and get moving. It’s vitally important that the water be removed and drained away from your property.

Once the hand pump is in the sump pump itself, then you can start physically pumping water out of your basement without having to deal with an overflow of water stemming from a failed sump pump.

You will most likely have to keep on with this action until the weather subsides, or your sump pump regains power. In either situation, it’s vitally important to do your best in avoiding overflowing and collecting water.

Deal With Potential Fallout From Failed Pump

Once the weather has subsided, or your sump pump switches back on, then it’s time to deal with any potential fallout from the failed pump. Be sure to dry off any excess water, and if you see any wet or damp plaster (or plasterboard) it will need to be replaced to stop the growth of damp.

This is not an ideal situation to be in, but, if you act quickly and calmly then you should be able to avoid serious water damage in your basement. Be sure to call in expert surveyors once you are finished to assess the damage, and recommend any additional repair works that maybe needed.

Of course, the best way to avoid this situation is to act pre-emptively.

Plan for The Worst


Our technicians can help you prepare for the worst

The sad fact is that a power outage in a storm is a situation that a lot of us might find ourselves in, and those who rely on sump pumps to avoid flooded basements are going to be incredibly vulnerable to property damage at these times.

So, be sure to avoid catastrophe by securing your sump pump against power failures. This is incredibly simple to do, as nearly all sump pumps can be retro-fitted with a backup, battery-powered pump.

What’s important for you to learn is that having a backup system ready in your sump pump for just such an emergency can save you a lot of time, effort, and cash, in the long run, should your sump pump lose power at a vital moment.

Depending on the size of the battery and the actual consumption needs of the sump pump and property, a battery-powered pump within a sump pump could well protect you for anything up to 53 hours.

If this is a solution that you require, then be sure to contact us today to book in a sump pump backup battery installation today, and to ensure that your sump pump is receiving the regular maintenance it requires to stay active not just when there is power, but all throughout the year.

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