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Old 11-19-2010, 11:29 AM
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My father's basement flooded again last spring because a battery back up pump he purchased failed to opperate after the power went out. This is the third time in 8 years the backup hasn't worked. Luckily he was home at the time, fired up the generator and was able to minimize the damage done to his basement. We are trying to come up with a better solution then the battery back up pumps marketed to homeowners.

I am thinking about going with a Gold Rule 2000GPH Bilge pump instead, I just need a independent float switch that has a large travel before being activated(4-6"+). Standard boat bilge switc would just cycle on and off. Looking online but can't fine anything but peoples home made ones, anybody have any ideas where to find one????
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Old 11-19-2010, 11:34 AM
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If he's on public water look into a water powered sump pump. No electric needed, very reliable.
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Old 11-19-2010, 11:38 AM
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You might be able to find a float to suit your needs at a company that sells septic systems/supplies.

Why does the battery/pump fail? Is the battery not connected to a charging system?
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Old 11-19-2010, 11:50 AM
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Pump is the problem. After trying three different ones they all rust out/die. He has two Sumps pumps(120V), one at the high end and one at the low end of the basement that work fine. It's just the 12V backup at the high end that craps out. Battery and charger were working fine and had a full load at the time.
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