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Old 11-20-2008, 08:05 PM   #1
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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?

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

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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

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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.
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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
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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.
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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!
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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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