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Old 07-21-2008, 07:05 PM   #1
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How does this sump pump system look and how would I add a battery back up?


I'm going to be closing on a home within the next couple of weeks and I'm looking for some input as to how the sump pump system looks on some of the following photos. The sellers state they have received water once and there is signs of it on the back side of some exposed wood paneling. The rubber baseboard on the wood paneling is still in good condition and attached which leads me to believe it may have only been subjected to minimal water.

They have also installed a perimeter drain on the backside of the house which leads to the sump pump well. I'm just trying to get some ideas to see if the system looks appropriate and also how I could add a battery backup to the system. There are 2 pumps in the well, both utilizing electricity. I had never seen this before nor had my home inspector. Your thoughts would be appreciated.
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Old 07-21-2008, 09:34 PM   #2
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If your home inspector has never seen two pumps in a pit, he's a rookie. That is not uncommon at all. If one pump fails (float switch, full of gunk, etc) the other one can still pump. I see a lot of people do it.

Your installation looks fine. It is a little unusual to see the discharge pipe go out the side of the pit, although there's no reason you can't do it. Do you know where that discharge pipe goes? I just want to make sure that it isn't pumping back into the drain tile around the house, which would be pointless.

Battery backups are great if you are out of town a lot and have concerns that your pump will quit in a power outage. Don't rig your own...Buy a system. They use deep cycle batteries, and have devices to ensure maximum life out of the batteries.

A backup generator is the only way to ensure that you'll always have power to your sump pump. That's big bucks though.
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The drain pipe extends out about 4 feet from the house and is on the side of the house where the ground slopes toward the street. I think it's in a good spot.

If I were to buy a battery system do you have any recommendations? Also, would this be a DIY project or should I find someone who can do it. I don't have too much skill. Still learning.
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4' isnt too far from the house,would rather see 10 foot or MORE!!

what amuses ME more than anything,,,those two pumps are BOTH plugged into same outlet?? That isnt always good

Point being my son lives in a house that has one pump,,it failed when an outlet,upstream of pump,,,was quick wired into back of plug-ins,,,burned off(of course unknown at the time) and ALOT of sudden rain and no juice,,,carpet got soaked down there. Point being it is "BEST" to have a dedicated outlet with a dedicated breaker,,,in your case two of them,,same as a food freezer should have,,,with a no juice alarm plugged in other side

AND a high water alarm IF something else fails(before it spills out the top of the pot.) it gives you the fighting 'chance' of not having a oops- a- daisy!!

2 pumps are definitely better than one,make sure they BOTH work. Its clean water,hold down one switch or unplug one at a time,maybe with a hose to furnish enough water?? when ya need them its no time to figure out,,,they are broke!!

BEST prevention of inside water is OUTSIDE slope from foundation,,,exagerate it,make it sharp,it wont hurt and MAY help a bunch,,,don a raincoat and walk outside in a BIG rain,,might learn tons of stuff you never KNEW existed!! get puddles AWAY from house,get water away,quickly, regrade lot as necessary!!~
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Old 07-22-2008, 03:48 PM   #5
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If I were to buy a battery system do you have any recommendations? Also, would this be a DIY project or should I find someone who can do it. I don't have too much skill. Still learning.
A Simer battery backup pump in a customer's house failed because the setpoint for turn-on was below the setpoint for turn-on for the AC operated pump. So then the Simer battery pump became the primary pump, not the backup.
This detail got past the installers, or else the setpoint for one of the pumps changed.
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