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Old 02-16-2015, 08:11 PM   #1
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Sump Pumps are boring...

Right? Until they fail on a wet night, and hoo-boy, then things get interesting, fast.

Anyone have a favorite submersible 1/2 HP pump for, say, five feet head? I have a 20 year old 1/2 HP unit from Grainger, it's getting nosier, and I want to be ahead of its decline. Made in USA is a big plus, but mostly I want as many stainless parts as possible, so there's less to rust out, an impeller that won't come loose, and a robust check valve.

The basement is about three feet below grade, and sometimes the gutter flow from the street spills over into the driveway. True, it never rains in California, except that when it does, it pours and pours and pours...
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Old 02-16-2015, 09:36 PM   #2
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Unless it is rusted out, try an easy fix. Some new bearings will usually make it nice and quiet again.
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Old 02-16-2015, 10:18 PM   #3
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This has been a good pump for the money. Quieter and more efficient than it's predecessor.

http://www.libertypumps.com/Products.../?p=3&s=4&c=14

Make sure your discharge line is not limiting the increased performance of a good pump.
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Old 02-17-2015, 04:03 PM   #4
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https://www.ridgid.com/us/en/sump-pump
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Old 02-17-2015, 04:08 PM   #5
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If a sump pump is all that stands between you and flooding, I strongly suggest having 2. staggered, one primary one back up.

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Old 02-17-2015, 04:22 PM   #6
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There was a Little Giant submersible pump in my house when we moved in that turned out to be more than bomb proof.

http://little-giantpump.com/where_to...iant_parts.htm
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Old 02-17-2015, 04:51 PM   #7
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There are tons of good ones out there , Go to your local Plumbing suply (not a box store) and see what they have, this way you cand get replacement stuff should you need it and Warantee should you need it.
Also not a bad Idea to get a simer/ cyclone pump 1” discharge with a garden hose adapter, they are a cheap back-up when things get out of hand, and handy as hell to have arround the house. They are cheap and can run dry. I get the box store version of this
http://www.simerpumps.com/Residentia...t_po_2430.aspx
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Old 02-17-2015, 05:04 PM   #8
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If a sump pump is all that stands between you and flooding, I strongly suggest having 2. staggered, one primary one back up.

Rod
I was kind of forced into this situation. With 27"of melting snow and rain a few years back my sump pump float quit. Looking for a replacement in a hurry --not gonna happen.Bought a new sump pump and ordered a new float from the mfr. I installed it on the old one now I have a spare that I am willing to share with my neighbors , should the need arise.
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Old 02-17-2015, 05:10 PM   #9
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I was kind of forced into this situation. With 27"of melting snow and rain a few years back my sump pump float quit. Looking for a replacement in a hurry --not gonna happen.Bought a new sump pump and ordered a new float from the mfr. I installed it on the old one now I have a spare that I am willing to share with my neighbors , should the need arise.
I think instead of having a spare, you should look into a backup, commonly battery powered but I prefer something powered by the very thing you are protecting yourself from. WATER!!!
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Old 02-17-2015, 06:19 PM   #10
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I think instead of having a spare, you should look into a backup, commonly battery powered but I prefer something powered by the very thing you are protecting yourself from. WATER!!!

I've heard of city water pressure sump pumps. I would just flip on my outside generator to power the pump. However should you not be home, a water pressure pump is the only 100% insurance,
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Old 02-17-2015, 06:39 PM   #11
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Thanks, helpful links and thoughts. I would also get a spare, and can power the installed unit from a honda generator... which is *also* stored in the basement. Yeah, if we lose power in a heavy rainstorm and I'm not home to go power the pump...
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Old 02-18-2015, 05:07 AM   #12
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I've had really good success with the Zoeller M57. I did install a Basement Watchdog battery backup on top of it just in case.
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Old 02-18-2015, 07:01 AM   #13
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Here's a really cheap backup:



Yes, you have to be home to hook it up, but you can keep it in a kitchen drawer and it's only $10.

http://www.amazon.com/Waterbed-Mattr...waterbed+drain
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Old 02-18-2015, 10:58 AM   #14
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Here's a really cheap backup:



Yes, you have to be home to hook it up, but you can keep it in a kitchen drawer and it's only $10.

http://www.amazon.com/Waterbed-Mattr...waterbed+drain
Is this a small one of these?

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...28LHA_4%29.jpg
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Old 02-18-2015, 11:05 AM   #15
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Looks like it. What's that do, draw seawater up to the deck to fight fires?
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