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05:32AM | 01/25/03
Member Since: 01/23/03
2 lifetime posts
When my power goes out, my sump pump is off. It occurs to me that there are several other reasons for my sump to fail, like pump burn out, clogged pump, clogged discharge, stuck float, unplugged pump, etc. Is there a reliable and powerful backup system out there that really works? I am trying to decide between water powered and battery powered. I have seen a few at the store and here and there from friends. How do I know which one is the best for the money?

Keith Martin

09:28AM | 01/27/03
Member Since: 01/15/03
20 lifetime posts
As a general rule, sump pumps do require maintence. As a general rule I tell my customers to replace working pumps at or before ten years. All of the other things that you mentioned are maintenence items.

As for back ups, either of the pumps that you have mentioned are fine. Bear in mind that there is usually a lag time of a few hours, to a few days from when a storm hits, to when you start seeing water in the system.

In most cases a backup is not necessary. The power is back on by the time the pump is needed.

However, there is a third option if you are so inclined. A small genereator will run the pump. It will probably cost less than a backup pump. you can also use it for other things as well. The downside is that you have to be home in order to hook it up during a power failure.

For my money, I would not pay for a backup pump unless I had a high volume of water in the system.

Keiht Martin


10:07AM | 01/27/03
Member Since: 01/23/03
2 lifetime posts
Thanks for the info, Keith. However, when it rains I get water in my sump almost immediately. Last year in our area, we had several days of power outages and that combined with melting snow and light rain to create a real problem. Many people were without power for several hours to several days and the water was coming in big time. Many ended up bailing their sumps and hooking up generators. Those who were not at home came back to flooded basements and ruined belongings, etc. An automatic system would have saved them countless dollars and heartache. I continued to research this after my first posting and found several decent-looking systems. A company in Buffalo, NY; Base Products Corp. makes two systems worth a serious look. They are Basepump and Hydropump and they can be found at

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