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Keep Your Basement Dry with a Healthy Battery

By Llya Ostashev

When talking to customers, I often get asked, “How do I get the most out of my battery? “The Basement Watchdog Battery is the heart of your backup system. Without a healthy battery, your backup system is useless when you lose power. Wouldn’t you want to keep your basement dry? Wouldn’t you want your battery to last for years? In order for these things to happen it’s important that you be proactive about maintaining your battery. If you neglect to do so, the battery will not be able to activate your pump during a power outage, causing your basement to no longer be dry.

I recommend that you create a schedule that will help remind you to care for your battery. Write yourself a note every 4-6 months to check on it. Remember, adding water is a very important step to having a healthy battery. Be sure to use only distilled water. Do not use tap water or drinking water, as the minerals may create buildup in the battery cells. You can purchase distilled water at most grocery stores. When adding water, fill it to the upper level mark on the outside of the battery or approximately an inch below the top of the opening of the battery cells. Make sure not to overfill your battery. Overfilling your battery can dilute the specific gravity of the battery, which can shorten its lifespan. Continue reading