What Kind Of Back- Up Sump Pump is Best?

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We have  a sump pump and are thinking of getting a battery back-up sump-pump. Someone recommended a second electric pump instead, saying that the chances of a power outage are less than chance of the current pump breaking down and that the battery back up ones are good only for a few hours.

The person recommended a pedestal pump above the current one, so that it can take over but it will not be good if there is no power.

What is your experience with sump pumps? Any suggestions.?

 

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Rainmaker
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Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio
We have the battery backup system and ours works well.  It has a trickle charging system which is nice.  It is wise to also have a spare pump just in case of failure but ours has lasted 10 years and is still working well.  If your pump is the type that runs all the time I would add a second pump as a backup system.
October 07, 2007 07:44 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
Thanks for the information. I had always heard of battery back ups till we decided to get one.
October 07, 2007 07:48 AM #2
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Lenn Harley
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Get a battary back-up.

I live in the country and we often lose electricity in storms.  At the same time, my house is at the bottom of a hill and there is a LOT of ground water running continuously.  My sump pump pumps out about 10 gallons of water a day. In a power outage, I would have a web basement just about every time it rained.

I have two battary back-ups, one for my sump pump and one for my computer that gives me about an hour of use in a power outage. 

If reliability of the sump pump is a concern, make sure you have the most reliable type (not float) and have it serviced regularly. 

Before I got my sump pump, battary back-up in place, I had three serious flooded basements and the cost of drying it out, cleaning the carpet, treating for fungi, etc. was very expensive. 

October 07, 2007 07:48 AM #3
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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Thank you for the detailed information. I think we have a float type.I am not sure. I had no idea they have to be serviced.
October 07, 2007 07:49 AM #4
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Missy Caulk
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Gita, battery back-ups are best. If you have a power outage in a storm and it is raining, you will be more protected. Also I would keep an extra one in the house, incase of mechanical failure on the part of the pump.
October 07, 2007 08:02 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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Missy, That is a great idea, to have an extra one in the house. From everyone's response battery back up is the way to go. I will have an extra one at home as well.
October 07, 2007 08:27 AM #6
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Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio

Also, if you are in an area where the power goes out often it is not a bad idea to have a spare battery for your backup system.  We had a power outage during an extremely heavy rain and when my battery in my backup system went dead I just connected my backup...I then took my other battery to my office where we had power and charged it up.  I never had a drop of water in my basement. 

October 07, 2007 08:28 AM #7
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Eric Blum
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Gita,

They also make back-up sump pumps that actually use the water pressure from your household water supply to pump out the sump well.  That way even if the battery is dead and there is no electricity, the water is still removed.  It's probably a little exotic, but exists (I am a This Old House addict, sorry).

 -Eric

October 08, 2007 10:14 PM #8
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Gita Bantwal
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Eric, Thanks for the tip. I will look into it.
October 09, 2007 06:22 AM #9
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Joseph Michalski
Sherlock Homes Inspections - Souderton, PA
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A back up system (preferably battery operated) is a great idea.

They make back up systems that will operate in case of power outage, pump failure, or float valve problems.  http://www.basementwatchdog.com/battery_backup_sump_pump.htm

I have not been a fan of the pressure operated pumps, mostly because I know some people experience occasional drops in water pressure during an outage, and this would defeat the system.  Add to that the fact that it takes 6 gallons of clean water to pump out 1 gallon of sump, and now 7 gallons of water are dumped into your yard (presumably during a major storm) and flooding can get out of hand.  They also require the installation of a backflow preventer and other plumbing features to your supply line that are not required for a simple sump operation.

Hope this helps!

October 09, 2007 09:54 AM #10
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Gita Bantwal
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Joseph, This is great news. I think I have made up my mind on the one that can solve all 3 problems. I am going to check out the link.Once we instal it I will let you know.
October 09, 2007 11:25 AM #11
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