Originally Posted by dlbeck
Any sump pump experts subscribed? I did install two sumps in my basement with one being in the theater equipment room. I've done quite a bit of searching on sumps and backup strategies but looking for more input if anyone has any.
Also is there a way to monitor how much the sump actually runs over a given time period. There's gotta be an app for that :-)
I'm certainly not a sump pump expert, but I did install a backup system for the frequently running sump pump located at the front of my previous HT. My former neighbor works at a plumb supply company and helped design the system to address my pervasive sump pump paranoia. As part of my sound isolation plan, I decided to enclose the sump pit in my stage with an access door and reroute the PVC tubing under the stage and behind my DD/GG and out to the sewer - so not very easily accessible. I wanted a system to address the potential of 1) Failure of the primary pump; 2) Momentary AC power failure; 3) Extended duration AC power failure.
In addition to the AC powered primary pump which was located near the bottom of the pit, we added a float triggered AC powered secondary pump higher up in the pit. The pumps were also powered by a rechargable back up battery. The battery charger was equipped to sound an alarm when it detected a lost of AC power. I do not recall the flow/pump cycle rating, but the system was intended to function on backup power to the secondary pump for three or four days I believe. The battery and charger sat on top of the stage behind the proscenium.
In addition, to mitigate my poor plumbing skills, my neighbor attached a piece of PVC to a second primary pump that I kept in storage. In order to change the primary pump I could just loosen a screw clamp on the check value, swap pumps, tighten the screw clamp and be back in business. He told me all of this was way over the top and very likely unnecessary but I wanted the piece of mind. So, unless both pumps failed or the power went out and stayed out while I was out of town for a week, I felt better prepared.
Here is a picture just after install:
Here is a pic with the proscenium framing going up for scale:
Hopefully, you will get a few actual experts to chime in here, too. Good luck!