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  1. Electrical
    I am considering a backup generator for my home. I live in a cold climate. Our only source of heat is a gas furnace that relies on electricity to run the fan. I am concerned a power failure will leave us freezing, literally. I would like a system that will keep the heat running in the case...
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    Can any professional provide me some good insight on a brand and model they recommend for a water-powered backup sump pump. The brands that I have come across are A.Y. McDonald Guardian, Basepump HB1000, Liberty Pumps SJ10, the Zoeller 503 and the TaneCorp Water Commander MG22. I am leaning...
  3. Plumbing
    I'll try to keep this short. We have a ground floor kitchen with sink/dishwasher. Directly below that is a basement shower/toilet/sink. These rooms are on the "Uphill" side of the house where the sewer leaves the property. There is a vent in the roof directly above all of this. A couple times...
  4. Plumbing
    Hello plumbing experts, I need your help in troubleshooting the cause of a strange problem that has occurred a couple of times in my townhouse complex. The combination of symptoms doesn't seem to fit my understanding of drain hookups, suggesting there may be a mistake somewhere. Here are the...
  5. Plumbing
    Hi All, We are in the process of building our first house with a basement. I talked with one of the city engineers, and he stated that the area did not have any water table issues, but that the Storm Sewer height is higher than the basement drainage tiles, so they are routing that to a Sump...
  6. Plumbing
    Hello everyone, I woke up today to a flooded basement. :eek: About a year ago, my kid tossed a garden tool down the exterior cleanout pipe in my front yard (it had no cap on it at the time). I sure wish I'd fished it out then. I called a plumber today and he told me that the trowel that was...
  7. Plumbing
    Folks, I've tried to search on the forum but couldn't find a thread on my problem, which I think would be common. I have a bathroom in a basement, above 3-4 feet below ground in Chicago. The main waste pipe for the upper floors is about 13 feet away from the basement bathroom. The shower and...
  8. Plumbing
    I have a sump pit which is really small according to me... its like 18in wide and 25in high. Its really active pit during rainy days and pump runs every 20 secs or so. I want to make changes so that my basement doesn't flood, like it did 3 times in 2 yrs. I saw a sump pump system at...
  9. Plumbing
    hi, i have two questions. I have small pit which is 18' in diameter at top and tapers down a bit. There is some space left after installing sump pump. i wanna put backup sump pump in it. It has sump pump from Sta-Rite 1/3HP pump model : DC233110V with vertcal switch from SJE Verticalmaster...
  10. Plumbing
    We have no basement, but a lower level that allows entry from the garage. That lower level houses the furnace, A/C and a floor drain in the foundation. This year, the first time the A/C turned on, the drain backed up into the room. I assumed it had just been clogged with dust and debris from...
  11. Plumbing
    I've had two instances in which water was backed up from the city sewer line into my basement. The first time - quite a while back - involved someone's excrement backing up and ending on my basement floor. By the time I noticed it, the drain appeared clear. The second time occurred last fall...
  12. Electrical
    Hello, I've recently bought a new house out of town and I would like to hook up a backup generator to the house in case of outages during winter and such. Now I have several gas fireplaces in the house for heat (No way I'm gonna try to use the heat pumps) and I'm only planning on using the back...
  13. Plumbing
    Hi Folks, My wife and I are first-time home owners and we are dealing with a drain in our laundry room that is backing up. When we first discovered it four days ago, half the floor was covered with water and there was a brown sludge in a two foot radius or so around the drain. Most of the...
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