back up sump pump

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  1. v1rtu0s1ty

    v1rtu0s1ty DIY Senior Member

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    We just move in to the new house, about 1 month now. Today, there was a power outage. Fortunately, there were thunder and lightning, but rain didn't come. So, that reminds me of installing a backup sump pump. Can someone please recommend to me a reliable backup sump pump for a DIYer like me?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Neil
  2. Raucina

    Raucina Previous member

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    A what pump???

    Here in california nobody knows what a sump pump is - probably would go to the sex shop looking for one. Since I hail from Wisconsin, I remember. I also noticed a few 12 volt auto battery units in the Northern tool catalogue that seem reasonably priced. If you have kids however, you can buy a simple hand pump and teach them that paying to burn calories at the gym is foolish when THEY can be your back up 12 volt battery and pump. A few hot dogs or pizza slices in them as fuel can pump thousands of gallons of sump water. Might need a whip or chain to get it all to happen however.
  3. Cass

    Cass Plumber

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  4. prashster

    prashster New Member

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    There's 2 ways to do this:

    If you only want to protect vs power outages, you can get a battery backup. The existing sump/switch plugs into it, and the the battery plugs into the AC outlet. If the power goes, the unit switches to battery power. This is kind of like a UPS that you have for a computer - except greater capacity.

    If you want to insure against a pump failure AND a power outage, you can get one of the back up sump units mentioned above. That'll kick in whenever the primary pump fails - which can happen for reasons OTHER than a power outage (burned motor, failing switch, etc.)
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2006
  5. v1rtu0s1ty

    v1rtu0s1ty DIY Senior Member

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    Thank you very much folks! Can you also post that device which acts as a UPS? I'm just curious. But definitely, I will go with the earlier link.
  6. prashster

    prashster New Member

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    Whoops. Mean't UPS: Uninterrupted Power Supply. Easier for you to just do a search.

    Might want to look into a backup generator to power essential lights and your fridge too.
  7. v1rtu0s1ty

    v1rtu0s1ty DIY Senior Member

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    That's the same product posted earlier right, the Aquanot II? I'm very much convinced that I should get this sump pump. How much do those cost? Who sells it? I've done plumbing in some of my project, do you think guys I can install Aquanot II in my existing wimpy sump pump? :D I call it wimpy because the first one installed by builder failed within 30 days. LOL.
  8. SteveW

    SteveW DIY Senior Member

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    I saw an episode of "This Old House" where Richard Trethewy displayed a non-electric backup sump pump - ties into the home's water supply and uses the venturi principle to pull water out of the sump. Obviously would waste a fair amount of clean water, but on the other hand, as long as you have city water pressure, the sump pump would work - even if you had a prolonged power outage...
  9. bubb1957

    bubb1957 New Member

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    aquanot 2

    I was just doing a search and am seriously considering the Aquanot 2 for a backup pump. Can anyone tell me the width of the base? I have an 18" crock and want to make sure its going to fit with my current Simer 3/4 hp sump. (i know, next one will be a zoeller or hydromatic). The plumbing company I am working with installs "Pro-series" pumps, I would need at least the 1730 model, but those small pumps look kind of wimpy..anyone have any experiene with Pro series? They will install anything I buy, but I would prefer to buy it from the business that is doing the installation.
  10. SteveW

    SteveW DIY Senior Member

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  11. sumppumppimp

    sumppumppimp New Member

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    At the widest point it is 9.5" across, that is measuring across the volute to the farthest point.
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