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Old 04-10-2013, 09:27 PM   #1
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What type of pump could I use to backup my primary sump pump? I would like to avoid another sump pump to install in my pit
What about utility pumps, or other?

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Any reason you don't want another pump in the pit?

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It's already tight........
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If you have a standard size pit and your current pump is at the bottom, you should have enough vertical room to create a kind of 'shelf' above your current pump. It would be the easiest method IMO. Just make sure you test it out maybe once a month b/c to me, a pump that sees regular use is much more reliable than one that sits unused for long periods of time.
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So for you the only viable option is another sump pump?
A utility pump outside the pit is not good?
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Yes.

How would you rig up the utility pump to automatically turn on?
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Yeah, I know....I guess a float and contactor is something I could install...
I was also thinking about the Wayne ESP-25, which is a 12V sump-pump
I need a backup for 2 reasons:
1) Backup my primary pump in case it doesn't work anymore (but power is still on)
2) Backup my primary pump in case there is a power outage and I'm not home ot install the generator.
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I'm kinda iffy on battery powered backup pumps. Odds are if you lose power its going to be due to a lightning strike from a thunderstorm. Depending on how much rain the storm drops & how long the power is out, you may or may not get screwed anyways.
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Yes, I know...but it's better than nothing, at least for the first few hours
Like I said, it will give me time to react (unless I am far away of course)
And it will also backup the primary pump if that one was faulty

Other than that, the only other solution would be a water operated pump (venturi), but I am not convinced !!!!
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I would still opt for a gas generator and an extension cord. Have a replacement pump boxed just in case it gets fried due to lightning strike.

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