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May 21 2005

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Sump pump

In the past few years we’ve had more than a few violent rainstorms where we lost power.

Because of this, I’ve decided that a battery powered emergency sump pump would probably be a good investment.

Unfortunately those kinds of pumps seem to be kind of pricey. I’ve gotten quotes from $1200 to $1500 (installed) for an Aquanot pump. I also got a quote from American Residential Services (ARS), but it was $3000 to install a “Tranco” pump … but I’ve determined that ARS companies seem to quote prices that are about double what normal vendors charge and use products that are not normally supplied.

I’ve got a couple of on-site estimates scheduled (one today, another on Monday) so I’ll probably be deciding soon.

I figure that $1200 is more than it would cost if we ended up having a real flood, even with insurance.

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  1. Steve

    The Basementsaver water powered emergency basement pumps are easily self installed and will only cost you a fraction of the price that you mention. These backup pumps are also incredibly efficient in operation. Suggest you take a look at http://www.basementsaver.com

  2. Charles

    You might want to check out the water-powered sump pumps that are now available. The need no power, you just hook them up to your municipal water supply.

  3. david

    A generator has to be started … which doesn’t help much if you’re not at home. Also, the backup sump pump will take over if the primary pump fails for any reason.

  4. Mike Wills

    What about a generator? What is the cost of a good Honda generator vs. the sump pump?

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