Sump pump is used for pumping excess water from the basement of a house to avoid damp and other hazardous things. A sump pump needs power supply in order to be running, so the best sump pump will be useless if there is cut of electricity. There might be some sorts of situation when the usual electricity may be cut for a long period of time because of storm or other types of natural calamity. In that case, you will have to arrange alternative source of power such as battery back-up or generator. A generator is a proficient source of power supply to your sump pump.
In this article, we will show how to install a generator for your sump pump.
Buy a Quality Generator
Visit some shops and see different types of generator. Choose the best fit for your sump pump. Generator is run on diesel or gasoline, and has a fuel tank to load with the fueling liquid. You should calculate how long at best you may need to pump at the time of cut of electricity. Ask the seller or read the specifications of the generators to guess an idea about how long will the generators will run with single load of fuel in the tank.
If you see that you need to run your generator for up to 3 hours, and then choose a generator that will go around 3 hours with single load of fueling.
There are basically two types of generator such as auto and manual. You should go for an auto generator as to ensure that without usual power supply, your sump pump will automatically start working with the auto powered generator by switching on a switch.
After you select the best one, pick it to your home.
Choose the Best Place for Keeping the Generator
It is very important to select a suitable place for setting up the generator at your home because the generator should be placed close to the sum pump. The generator will also have to be kept in a well ventilated place which is free from water, ice or other types of liquid as to keep it safe from water damage.
Not only that, you should place the generator by keeping some distance from your living room as to ensure that there is no noise problem which can be irritating to you.
Set up the Generator
After deciding the right place, set up the generator there. There are some nuts and bolts which are used to fix the generator well with the ground. You may need to use cement as to make concrete for the generator basement. This is done for better security.
Run the Generator whether it is Working
You should run the generator prior to connecting the sump pump for checking the generator’s work ability.
Connect the Generator with the Sump Pump
Now you will have to link the generator to the sump pump using cords. If the distance between the generator and the sump pump is low, then you will need shorter wire for the connection. The connecting joints of the wire should be masked with tapes so that there remains no risk for electric shock. Make sure that the wire does not touch with water or other liquid substances.
You are now at the final stage to install the generator to the sump pump. Test by filling up the fuel tank with gasoline and running the generator.
If everything works properly, wait for the next usage of the generator when there will be cut of usual power supply.