Question: Do I need a backup sump pump?
Answer: Everyone in the Chicagoland area should have a battery powered backup sump pump. Chicago is the sump pump capitol of the United States. More pumps are sold here than anywhere else in the country.
Question: Can I just use a whole house generator for protection?
Answer: You could . . . but if you do, there will be no protection against your primary sump pump failing. All primary sump pumps fail. It is a matter of when, not if.
Question: Can I just use my backup as my primary sump pump?
Answer: You could . . . but if you do, there will be no protection against your backup pump sucking in unwanted debris and failing. If the goal is not to flood, two pumps are much better than one!
Question: Can Rapid Maintenance supply us with a battery that doesn’t always need distilled water added?
Answer: Yes. We have systems that support 100 amp, maintenance free batteries. The battery actually traps the low amount of gas emitted and rehydrates the battery.
Question: How long should my battery last?
Answer: We recommend changing your battery every 3-4 years. A battery is a very cheap source of backup energy, and you wouldn’t want to fall short in operating time.
Question: What size sump pump do I need?
Answer: When inquiring about strength of a sump pump, make sure to ask about GPH (Gallons Per Hour), NOT the horsepower. At the end of the day, we need to know how much water we are actually displacing, not the horsepower!