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Water-Powered Back Up Sump Pumps

If you have an electric sump pump in your home, it is going to FAIL at some point. All electric sump pumps will stop pumping because of either (1) a loss of electricity or (2) the pump will break down mechanically. Having an emergency backup if your electricity goes out will help keep your home safe from the risk of flooding.

If you have lived in the Wichita area for any length of time, you know that it is not uncommon for the electricity to go out, generally during a thunderstorm. If for some reason it was out for an extended period of time, is your basement going to flood? The likelihood for water damaged appliances, flooring, furniture and keepsakes is high.

Why Would My Electric Sump Pump Fail?

All mechanical devices eventually stop working. With a standard electric sump pump, that could be anywhere from the day you install it to 25 years later. No one can predict when that day will come, but it will come! In either case, if you are not home to manually bail water from your sump pump basin, your basement will likely flood. 

A water powered back up sump pump has no battery to wear out or maintain, no charger to plug in or monitor and is designed as an automatic, independent system from the primary electric sump pump. It is powered by your house cold water supply, the same cold water that you drink and bathe in. Can you ever remember a time when you didn’t have cold running water in your home? That gives you an idea as to how reliable a power source cold water is. Compare this to electricity or if you have owned a battery back up, the life of a battery. The water powered back up sump pump’s float assembly is installed in your existing sump pump basin (hole in the floor) just above the float level of the primary electric pump. By doing this, when your primary pump fails to come on, the water level will continue to rise and eventually rise to the level of the back up pump’s float, thus turning on the water powered back up sump pump. Because the power source is unlimited cold water, the water powered pump can run for an indefinite period of time. If you were gone for a month, it would continue to cycle on and off for the entire month keeping your basement dry.

Benefits of Water-Powered Backup Sump Pumps

Low Maintenance

Aside from general testing on occasion, there is nothing to take care of due to the simple design, and they have long lifespans, making them a great investment.

No Batteries Needed

There’s no reason to purchase or replace new batteries for a water-powered backup sump pump, making it a reliable backup emergency option you can count on.


Unlike battery-powered pumps, which can only operate as long as the battery is charged, water-powered backup sump pumps run off of your home’s water pressure to remove water from your basement. 


If you are interested in a water-powered backup sump pump contact the plumbing pros at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Wichita to find out if it’s right for you! Call us at (316) 768-8374to provide you with quick, reliable service.

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