What’s a Battery Inverter System?

August 19, 2016 9:20 pm Published by Jane Azzinaro 8 Comments

And why do I need one? And are there any alternatives?  These are questions homeowners frequently ask when having a sump pump installed. Waterproofing can be an expensive home improvement. Many homeowners will try to cut costs by opting out of a battery inverter system for their sump pump(s).

First, there are 2 types of battery back-up systems.  A traditional battery back-up system kicks in when power is interrupted to the sump pump.  It converts DC power to AC power. DC power is the type of power that flashlights run on. AC power is the type of power that your home appliances run on.  When a traditional battery back-up system takes over during a power outage, it behaves just like the battery in the flashlight, when you leave a flashlight on, after a while the light becomes dim and eventually runs out unless the batteries are charged or replaced. In the case of the battery back-up, as it runs the pump, it slowly depletes the batteries, dimming the power of the sump pump and hence its ability to pump water.

Back Up

A Battery Inverter System works the same way as the traditional battery back-up system except that it runs the pump at full power until it runs out of power.  A Battery Inverter system can ensure that your sumps run at optimal efficiency all the time. This is especially important in times such as blackouts and major storms.

All homes should have an inverter system. For those homeowners who decide to cut corners, they cause their own headache down the road.

If you believe your home should have a battery inverter system- or you just have more questions, let us have an inspector come out to your home and assess the current situation. Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing’s experts can provide sound advice backed by years of experience.

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8 Comments

  • Guest says:

    That article was superb, I am impressed with your thoughts. I got the best information from this site of the blog, It’s very helpful to all and us. Thanks for sharing this post.

  • Guest says:

    I also recently had my basement done. Like the post above, mine keeps beeping every few hours. Im not getting any help from my local office. The beeping is very annoying. I would like a response. I want this resolved. This is a very expensive system.

    • wm_admin says:

      Mr. Sheridan,
      We will be in touch within the next business day to ensure that your questions are answered and the issue is resolved. We apologize for the delay in our response.
      Sincerely,
      Mid-Atlantic Customer Service Team

  • Guest says:

    We purchased our mida-120 last summer. Usually it “runs” for a while and then it shuts off. However, now is “runs” 24/7. The Battery read OO and the load reads 00. In put looks like 00A and output is 120 v. What is going on with this unit?

    • wm_admin says:

      Mr. Pearce,

      Our office will be calling you to resolve any issues and answer any questions that you may have.

      Sincerely,

      Mid-Atlantic Customer Service Team

  • Guest says:

    I have this system installed by Mid-Atlantic. I wanted the literature for “just in case”

  • Guest says:

    We had out basement waterproofed by MidAtlantic Waterproofing about two months ago. Our basement walls were actually bowing and we had standing water constantly. The walls had black mold, pealing paint, etc. During storms or heavy rain, we were constantly pushing the water into the sump pump, but it couldn’t handle the amount of water and the basement would flood every time! John, who works for MidAtlantic came in, went over the entire basement and sat with us, drawing diagrams, going over what needs to be done, etc. The problem is, the water will keep coming! The most important thing is to “manage” that water. There is no way to stop it! We gave them the job. They came in about 5 days later to start the job. They covered the furnace, furniture and below the steps to minimize the dust. They worked every day for approx. 4-5 days. They were extremely pleasant, did everything that was asked of them and cleaned up everything before they left. We had an old cement sink that was extremely heavy. We asked if they would consider taking that with them and they did! We had our first “real rain” Friday night (extremely heavy rain) and our basement was bone dry!! How exciting is that? We did have one tiny leak and called them. They came right away and fixed it! We had to have an A.A. County Inspector come after they dug the trench to make sure it was done correctly and after the job was complete. He stated that the job was well done and it passed inspection with flying colors! Yes, it was costly, but I agree that you get what you pay for! We have read some bad reviews regarding this company and I ask that you DO NOT believe what they say! Our basement has NEVER been dryer, smelled better and we don’t have to worry about standing in a foot of water during a thunderstorm, pushing water to the tiny sump pump we used to have! Also, they put a new drain at the bottom of the steps outside, because that used to get clogged and come under the door. We looked outside that night when we the rain was coming down so hard, and there was no water (finally)!! We are “extremely” with the work they did and would recommend them to everyone who has water problems in their home! I also wish to thank John Enciu, Chief Foundation Inspector, who was the first person we talked to, for his help, guidance and relentless effort to have us “understand” how the system would work! He is a breath of fresh air and would do anything we asked to help us through it! When you are investing in something like this, you need someone to help you and he is the person to talk to!! Thank you, John, for your help, expertise and guidance through the whole process!! We would definitely do it all over again!!! Thank you, again, for a job well done!!!!!!

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