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Old 10-25-13, 01:42 PM
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Is there anything that I can temporarily stick to the basement floor to control sump water in the event the sump pump fails? I go away for a couple months during the winter and worry that the sump will overflow.

There is a floor drain near the sump and I envision a miniature dike surrounding the sump and floor drain to keep the water contained and not spread all over the basement.
 
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Old 10-25-13, 04:13 PM
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Just not going to happen.
If it's that big a concern then most likely there's other issues that need to be address.
Why is the water getting in there in the first place?
 
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Old 10-25-13, 07:12 PM
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I would look into a battery powered backup sump pump. It's usually a slightly smaller pump with a marine type battery with trickle charger. If you lose power or the main pump fails, the battery powered pump should keep things going.
 
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Old 10-27-13, 07:34 AM
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The sump is for the footer drain. Rain water drains into the sump so it can be pumped out into a storm drain. It is designed to work that way.

I am not sure the floor drain is the lowest spot in the basement, so the worst that could happen is most anything on the floor is going to get wet with sump water...carpet, rugs, tools, cardboard boxes...you name it.

If power fails how does the trickle charger keep the battery charged?

I would prefer a water powered back-up pump to battery powered pump.
 
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Old 10-28-13, 06:21 AM
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You're right, a battery backup pump will only work as long as the battery remains charged. Probably good enough for most 'normal' storms, but a large storm with an extended power outage is an issue.

A water-powered pump is a possibility. I can't comment much about them as I've never used one. You're still best off though installing it as part of your sump pit. It would be installed a bit higher and triggered so that it would only run if the main pump doesn't work or gets inundated.
 
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