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Alternative to Basement Sump Pump?

I'm new to this TOH blog. Here's my problem:

My home is a split foyer, with the family room downstairs below ground level, and sunken about 6 inches below the rest of the downstairs level.

I have a sump hole and sump pump right outside the house on the south side of the family room. Normally it works fine keeping the ground water away from the foundation with no problem during normal rainfall.

But recently we had about 10 inches of rain in 2 days. The groundwater level is high anyway in this part of town; and with that much rain in such a short time, the sump pump ran continuously until it burned out in the middle of the night. As a result, rainwater ran in and flooded my family room.

I immediately replaced the pump and the new one works fine. My concern is what will happen if it also burns out, or if the power goes out.

Today, a good friend of mine advised me that he had recently seen something on a TOH TV show about an alternative to sump pumps that does not rely on an electrical power source.

I've searched the TOH website for info on this, but have not found anthing.

If anyone has info on this, or can tell me where I might locate such info, I would appreciate the help.



Re: Alternative to Basement Sump Pump?

I am not a plumber but a electrician. I seen the episode you are talking about. It uses city water probably find it in a true plumbing supply house. it works as a back up from your regular sump pump. It has float that is set a bit higher then your electric pump. If the level of water in your sump pit rises above the normal pump it turns on a valve that allows the water to go through the new pump. It acts like a siphon and pulls the water out of the sump pit and discharges the city water and the sump water outside. It is about $500.00 in price. But what is your insurance deductable $500. Besides most insurances do not cover flood damage. I hope that helps
PS it was on a ask this old house episode.

Re: Alternative to Basement Sump Pump?

Hey, thanks for the quick reply! I'll check it out!

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