[Greenbuilding] sump pump backup
bmilani at web.ca
Wed May 18 10:06:55 PDT 2011
After lowering our basement in downtown Toronto, we had to have a sump
tank and pump installed.
It's powered with electricity, so we need a backup in case of a power
failure. Any suggestions?
Most backup systems seem to be battery-powered, but I've heard of a kind
powered by water, featured once on This Old House:
Balancing water use and energy use (and the toxics involved with
batteries), it this more ecological? And what is reasonable to pay for
a backup system?
Also: can anyone familiar with the Toronto area recommend a good plumber
to design and install (or at least fine-tune) a system? It's clearly
not rocket science, but I don't trust the basement guys who initially
installed our sump: they did it in a way that the float periodically
gets caught under a pipe draining into the sump. We're unable to
reposition the pump sufficiently ourselves to remedy this, so we have to
watch it like hawks during this rainy season to avoid a flood. And it
seems to me that, even unimpeded, the float is set too high. I think
the pump itself works fine. But it would be nice to find somebody who
could guarantee that it will work flawlessly, as well as install an
Brian M., Toronto
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