I put in a battery backup sump pump system last year in August 2011 in preparation for Hurricane Irene, but even the regular sump pump never kicked in despite getting a lot of rain and losing power. This year with Hurricane Sandy threatening the entire east coast, I figured it would pay off. We lost power this afternoon for several hours after getting about 8"+ of pounding rain and I was never so glad to have spent $300 installing the backup battery system. It worked flawlessly as we sat at the bar by candle light as Sandy raged outside. If you have a sump pump in the basement and haven't installed a backup system yet, it's money well spent. I procrastinated for a couple of years before I finally installed one last year and it's peace of mind knowing that it will work for several days if the power fails.
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10/29/12 at 6:33pm