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  1. My neighbor the plumber suggested a while back to add a Sumpro for backup. I did take his advice and install one. This was fortuitous since after a few months after I install the Sumpro, there was a massive hail storm that knocked out the power for half the day. The Sumpro run continuously during that time and dropped to 80% power. Ironically, the plumber who recommended the sumpro had his basement flooded. He had two sumppro and two sump pump but apparently his batteries were old. He didn't replace the battery because the sumpro told him that they were OK and had 95% power. I actually h
  2. Back in July or so, there was hail storm that dropped ice cube size hail on our property. I could hear the banging all the way in the basement. There were trees branches all over my yard, but the house seemed OK. This was followed up by a bunch of people knocking on our door telling us that we had hail damage (I ignored them, they show up every year). I took a look around and notice there were several a few visible dent, but a lot of the other ones were not visible until you look closely, some holes in the window screen, some odd marks in the rain gutter. There were no visible damaged to the r
  3. I finally purchased a Sumpro unit for battery backup for my sump pump. The instruction say that it should be on a stand because warranty is void if it gets wet. I was going to stack it on top of some cinder blocks, which are typically about 8 inches tall. However, the vendor recommended at least 12 inches off the floor. I am a bit puzzled by 12 inches. 1. Is there usually a code for battery backup devices on how they are required to be installed? 2. Why 12 inches? The vendor would not say except that it is recommended height for keeping it dry. I think if the basement ended up with a
  4. Thanks Kurt, I am actually in Chicago area. You are not kidding with the retention pond. There are several common retention pond to handle runoffs from the houses. One year, it rain so much that all of the retention ponds merged together. I am going to go with the Sumpro because it is unlikely that I can get a generator solution under $2k. I may consider the generator at some point in the future. I need a solution that I can implement now. Paul
  5. In regards to the automated switch option, any idea how much it would cost to install such a setup assuming you have the generator (which appears to cost $2K for the base model). Paul
  6. I am not sure if there are crush stones. However, the issue occur when the ground is saturated after several rain storms. The pump actually only goes off every 1/2 hour or so in moderate rainstorms. Even brief heavy rainstorm doesn't trigger it. Paul
  7. I looked around out back and notice that there is a gas line tap of some kind. Assuming that the line has the capacity, I could probably just install the generator on the gas line, which should work still when there is a power outage. However, it appears that majority of the generator install uses a manual switch over, which is not acceptable since I need it to work when I am away. Installing one of those things will probably require approval from the Village and the additional electric work is probably going to require time and money. This may be a future upgrade. So I am thinking of
  8. Kurt, I thank you for your reply for Sumpro. This was the info I needed. Marc and Ghentjr, The generator idea is intriguing. I didn't explore that option because I thought generators with fail overs were around $10K, but I suppose that would be for the whole house. A smaller one to power the sump, fridge and may be the wireless network (since VOIP won't work without power) would be sufficient. I also like the idea having a backup where I can swap out a tank to continue operation in the event of a lengthy outage. Maintenance-wise, I would think a propane would be better than gas
  9. Thanks for the reply, I have thought of the water power pumps and I am on city water, but rejected the idea on several points. 1. On rare occasion, I have seen the amount of water coming in exceed 2000 gph. A water system probably won't keep up. 2. A water pump probably requires backflow, which means I have to pay at least $100 a year to test the backflow. I have to do this currently for my sprinkler. 3. Water is quite expensive here. The price of water appears to have double in the last couple of years. Running the sprinkler for 30 minutes per week resulted in around $200. It prob
  10. Problem In the Midwest, there are days when the ground is saturated from several days of rain and then a big rain storm hits. As a result, the amount of water can overpower a 1/3 hp sump pump, though the deluge usually only last an hour or so. My concern is if the power goes out during that hour. A lot of the backup sump pump usually only pumps at about 900 - 1000 gph on a 10 foot head, not enough to keep the basement from flooding. I asked several neighbors, one of them a license plumber, most of them have Sumpro. The plumber that he chose the Sumpro solution because the backup won't pum
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