Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Some things suck, and some things dont

What doesn't suck:

So we officially have less than 48 hours until we sign our lives away. I am so excited. We get the keys sometime around noon on Friday. It has really gone quick. I really cant believe we are there, and its happening.

What does suck(literally):

So while talking to my brother in-law, and perusing the Internet, I found what seems to be the BEST solution for a back up sump pump. Some people told me to get a battery back up sump pump, however after the horror stories, I decided against that. I am going to use a water pressure back up that uses your existing cold water pressure.

Here are my cons with the battery ones, that aren't present in the the water pressure:

1. Need to replace the battery every 18-24 months, cost in between $150 and $300. Just about the price of a new unit.

2. The battery is constantly charging, using electricity.

3. The battery will only last around 10-12 hours of continuous service. Meaning if your power is out for more than that(look at what these storms just did to the east coast) you are literally screwed.

This is the unit I am going with, cost is $299.00.


Basepump, The Water Powered Backup Sump PumpBasepump is an extremely reliable, very powerful, water powered backup sump pump system. With no battery to wear out or maintain, no charger to plug in or monitor, it is designed as an automatic, independent system from the primary sump pump. Basepump is essentially in a class by itself. Mounted on the ceiling, high above the sump, it doesn't have to fight the downward force of the water that most competitors' pumps must push up vertically. For this reason, Basepump consistently removes more water per hour than other water powered backup sump pumps and even rivals the best battery powered backup sump pumps, short- and long- term. Period. So instead of a flooded basement because of a sump pump failure or a power failure, install a water powered Basepump backup sump pump before it happens.

When the water in your sump rises above normal for any reason, the Basepump float is lifted.
This activates a valve, sending municipal water under pressure through the Basepump
Ejector. Then, acting like a giant soda straw, it draws the sump water up and ejects it to
the outdoors. As the float returns to its lowest level, the pumping stops after a pre-set
period of time, draining the sump down until the water rises above normal again and
the cycle starts all over again.

Basepump typical installation to the outdoors.


  1. I think this is a good solution. I am still going to use a battery backup as well, just in case of a quick power outage. Congrats on your closing on Friday. I am jealous. We have to wait 3 months on ours. BTW, your #2 point maybe slightly true, but the amount of energy consumed charging a fully charged battery is negligible. You are talking pennies a year if it is a good one. That being said, I still think you are making the right decision.

  2. Thanks for sharing this! This is GREAT information!

  3. We're definitely looking into this. Thanks for sharing!