I have a pedestal sump going on 14 years. I wonder how much longer it will run.
Typically, it runs 3-4 months a year between Dec and Apr. During heavy rain, it
will run about once every 2 minutes for about 10 seconds. It sits in a 5 gallon
can dug into the basement floor. There is also a battery operated pump in the
sump which will run if the the pedestal sump either fails or the electricity
quits. I figure after 14 years, it is getting near the end of life. Any thoughts?
On Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 6:30:24 PM UTC-5, Arnie Goetchius wrote:
One part of me says you're right, it's getting old. The other part
of me tells me that if you replace it, what you get today will probably
not last nearly as long and many new products today fail after just a
The battery operated pump (Watchdog) is only a year old and it is hooked up to 3
deep cycle marine batteries. If the pedestal failed, the battery pump would keep
me going through the wet season and I could replace the pedestal at my convenience.
On Tue, 24 Jan 2017 18:55:18 -0500, Arnie Goetchius
14 yrs is a good long life for a sump pump. But as long as you keep the
bottom filter/impeller clean, and oil; the motor, it could last a lot
more years. No sense replacing it till it fails.
What brand is it? That sounds like a reliable brand, worth buying....
It is a Water Ace R3P. According to Flotec it is obsolete but they may have
parts. Reviews on Amazon are positive for the original versions but reviewers
suggested that later versions were not so good.
Everything has been cheapened in recent years so that may be true.
Aside from age, any reason to suspect it is going to stop working? If
it does, how much time would you have before serious damage from water?
Room in the sump to set up a secondary?
On Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 6:55:20 PM UTC-5, Arnie Goetchius wrote:
If the battery pump can keep you safe long enough to get a new AC pump,
that would be good enough reason for me to keep doing what you're doing.
I'd have the battery pump set to come on at a higher level and also an
alarm set up to sound so that you know the primary pump has failed.
They have cheap $10 alarms for water heaters at HD and similar. May
be loud enough and work for your purpose.
On Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 7:25:19 PM UTC-5, email@example.com wrote:
You put it on the floor or in the safety drip pan that's under it,
if it has one. It's just a battery operated alarm, the size of a pack
of cigarettes, with two contacts on the bottom. If the WH starts to
leak, you know it before it does damage.
On Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:34:01 -0800 (PST), trader_4
Ok, Thanks. The contacts on the bottom must be activated by wetness. Is
I assume this would work for any sort of water leakage.
I wonder how this would work in a bathtub?
I know of a certain elderly person, who dont watch the tub when it's
filling, and tends to overflow the tub fairly often.
Ive been trying to find some way to alert them when the tub is near
What are they called so I can google for them?
On 1/24/2017 7:56 PM, snipped-for-privacy@Weiser.com wrote:
In my present house they installed a pan under the high efficiency
furnace. There is a float control which will shut off the furnace if
there is water in the pan. I Googled "float alarm for water heater" and
found many. Too bad they didn't put a pan/float alarm under the water
heater ... different subcontractor.
Thanks, I was hoping there was something for this use.
I'd prefer it sensed the water before the tub began to overflow, rather
than after. As long as they are battery operated, there is no risk of
electrocution, and can be placed right into the tub itself. It looks
like some of them are made just to be used that way.
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