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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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
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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
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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
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Joseph Michalski
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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 09:35 PM
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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.
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