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acuteot 11-20-2008 08:05 PM

Water Powered Sump Pump
 
We're looking to get our sump pump replaced, and the guy said that we shouldn't get a battery-powered backup, as that goes out after a few hours. Instead, he said that we should use a water-powered sump pump, which runs on water, and not on any power, so it can run infinitely, even with a prolonged power outage.

Has anyone ever heard of this? Is it worth it to pay more to get this kind of sump pump?

Thanks in advance :)

Reilley 11-21-2008 09:36 PM

Not until I ran a google search on "water powered sump pump".

jerryh3 11-21-2008 10:09 PM

Yes. They are quite common. They are expensive, but if you have a sump that fills quickly and are in an area with frequent power outages I think it would be a good investment.
http://www.popularmechanics.com/how_...c/1275381.html
http://www.libertypumps.com/product_...nCat=11&SubCat=
http://www.pbs.org/thisoldhouse/vide....php?item=sump

majakdragon 11-22-2008 09:53 AM

This depends on how often and for how long your power typically goes out. Also how quickly your sump fills up. Water powered pumps are a good thing for emergencies but the amount of water needed to operate them is large. Last one I saw took two gallons of water to pump one gallon from the sump. You also need somewhere for all this water to go. Myself, I would go for a generator which could be used for other things when not needed for the sump. Just my opinion.

JDC 11-23-2008 06:00 AM

Yep I've installed a few water powered backups. I've also had a few problems with the sch 80 nipples and fittings that come with them. If you get one just be sure things aren't OVERtightened. Those nipples and/or fittings will crack and then you wind up paying for a new laminate floor :censored:

yes.itsconcrete 11-23-2008 06:31 AM

had i known about these, we would never have sold/installed battery backup pumps,,, just wondering if its plumber's work ( soldering/copper lines ) or anyone's.

acuteot 11-23-2008 09:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jerryh3 (Post 188455)
Yes. They are quite common. They are expensive, but if you have a sump that fills quickly and are in an area with frequent power outages I think it would be a good investment.
http://www.popularmechanics.com/how_...c/1275381.html
http://www.libertypumps.com/product_...nCat=11&SubCat=
http://www.pbs.org/thisoldhouse/vide....php?item=sump

Thanks, good info there!

acuteot 11-23-2008 09:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by majakdragon (Post 188562)
This depends on how often and for how long your power typically goes out. Also how quickly your sump fills up. Water powered pumps are a good thing for emergencies but the amount of water needed to operate them is large. Last one I saw took two gallons of water to pump one gallon from the sump. You also need somewhere for all this water to go. Myself, I would go for a generator which could be used for other things when not needed for the sump. Just my opinion.

We haven't moved in yet, but this house has had a history of flooding, as have many houses in the neighborhood. But I will ask my plumbing guy about this.


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