Backup sump pumps are secondary pumps. They are useful when the primary sump pump is no longer working. To avoid costly water damage at your property, you should consider installing a backup sump pump. At Water Guard Plumbing, we offer backup sump pump installation services for homeowners across Toronto and the GTA.
Why You Should Install a Backup Sump Pump
Backup sump pumps are great for ultimate basement waterproofing. We recommend installing a backup sump pump for the following circumstances:
- Power Outage Primary sump pumps are electric-powered. This means that when power goes out, primary sump pumps become useless and water level is bound to rise in the sump pit. To avoid water damage in this case, a backup sump pump is a smart option.
- Damage to Primary Sump Pump In case damage occurs to your primary sump pump, it will not be able to drain water properly. This puts your basement at risk of flooding. However, you can eliminate the risks by installing a backup sump pump that assists the primary pump with water drainage.
- Heavy Rainfall Heavy rainfall can overwhelm your primary sump pump. Water will accumulate inside the sump pit to the point where one sump pump is not enough. In this case, we recommend installing a backup sump pump to assist your primary pump during and after heavy rain.
Backup Sump Pump Options
Battery Sump Pump
Battery-operated sump pumps are an excellent backup option. They do not always require a professional for installation and can be found at any hardware store. Battery sump pumps also connect to the same discharge line as the primary sump pump. This type of sump pump, however, has a short life expectancy. How long battery pumps last depends on the battery they use.
Water-Powered Sump Pump
Water-powered pumps (also known as submersible pumps) are fully mechanical. They do not need electricity or a battery to run. Instead, they use municipal water pressure to push water out of the sump pit before an overflow happens.The only downside to water-powered sump pumps is that they are best installed in an unfinished basement. If your basement is fully finished, installing a water-powered sump pump will probably require a lot of reconstruction in your basement.
Sump Pump Comparison
|Primary Sump Pump||Battery Sump Pump||Water-Powered Sump Pump|
|Life expectancy||7-10 years|
3-5 years on standby
24 – 52 hours in an emergency
|Depends on the brand; most manufacturers offer a 3-year warranty|
|Can be installed in water well||✔||✔||✘|
|Cost||$1,899 + you can save|
up to $1,750 with city rebates depending on your municipality
|$1,100 for materials + $550 for installation||$2,000 for materials + $550 for installation|
Sump Pump FAQs
You can add a backup sump pump to an existing pump, but the installation process will differ depending on the type of backup pump you choose.
How much water does a water-powered sump pump use?
Water-powered sump pumps use 1 gallon of city water to pump 2 gallons out of the sump pit.
Can I benefit from city rebates with backup sump pumps?
You can benefit from your city’s rebates program with backup sump pumps if you have not received rebate returns on your primary sump pump installation.
Contact Us for Backup Sump Pump Installation
Water Guard has over 15 years of experience in the business. Customer satisfaction is our top priority and our plumbing services are stellar. For high-quality backup sump pump installation, contact us today. You can book a service online, send us an email for a free estimate, or call us at 647-832-1738.