What ? to ask when purchasing a back up Sump Pump

Old 12-03-04, 10:16 AM
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What ? to ask when purchasing a back up Sump Pump

I need some guidance. I need to replace the emergency backup sump pump (and most likely the battery back up). I know I will have a plumber perform the work.

Here is the hitch. Other than how much? What other questions should I ask. Do you get quotes for these things? Is there a brand / model/ type that is better?

I goal is make sure the basement doesn't flood again!

Thank you.
Old 12-03-04, 06:59 PM
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Because of a bad experience I had I think its best if the back up sumps drain line is different than the primary one. That way a stuck check valve or frozen pipe doesnt mean flooded again.

Is there any way to let gravity natrurally drain the sump? Or drain near the top as a emergency overflow? That way a power failure doesnt mean a flooded basement.

run pipe to low area in yard etc etc....

battery size and longevity are important too. as batteries age they loose capacity better to start out oversized...

think out of the box to prevent a reoccurence
Old 01-12-05, 01:30 PM
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Back up sump puimp

If you have city water there are back up sump pumps that run on water. I have one and, have installed several others. the cost of the pump is around 125$ plus installation. They are sold by Ace Hardware and work as well as battery back ups. You need to run a water line to the sump to power the pump.(they work on a sciphon princepal but have no maint. and always ready as long as you have water pressure)

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