Water powered backup sump pumps bought in a box store often are made with cheap parts that wear out or break easily, and usually come with sub-standard backflow protection.

For example, some of the water powered sump pumps are hooked up by using a garden hose. In this case the backflow device (necessary protection in case of a reverse backflow which would suck contaminated water into the fresh water drinking supply) can easily omitted by the homeowner putting the family at risk.

Also, there’s been numerous reports of garden hoses that have burst when hooked up to the water powered backup sump pump which actually FLOODS the basement! Wasn’t this device purchased to try and stop the basement from flooding. In addition, the switch which activates the pump often comes with a flimsy spring, this spring can easily wear out or become unattached causing the pump to operate continuously!! Many times the homeowner won’t even know it until the water bill comes and then it’s a huge shock.

Lastly, it’s recommended that water driven backup pumps be activated at least once a month manually, otherwise calcium will form on the switch, again causing it to break when needed most.

So when you ask “Is a water powered sump pump safe?” “Is a water powered backup sump pump reliable?” “Is a water powered backup sump pump easy to maintain?”  the answer is NO! The best way to SAFELY and RELIABLY protect your basement from flooding  is with a battery backup sump pumps.  Many manufactures who make water powered sump pumps, also make battery backup sump pumps, choose a battery backup sump pump instead.







What is a Water Powered Sump Pump

January 5th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

The product is called a “water-powered sump pump,” some also call it a “water pump” or “water driven pump” either, way this pump it’s installed primarily as a backup sump pump to a primary electric sump pump (that’s plugged into the wall). In a heavy rain – flood situation – ground water under a house rises and pours into a sump pit where the primary electric sump pump, pumps the rainwater out of the sump pit keeping the basement dry.

The problem occurs when the power goes out and the primary sump pump no longer works.  These wasteful pumps operate by taking the energy in municipal-supplied water at full pressure, run through a venturi device, positioned on the bottom of the sump pit in a basement. They connect directly to the fresh drinking water supply line of a house (plumber installed), or in some circumstances, homeowners connect the pump with a rubber garden hose to their kitchen or laundry room tub faucet (bad idea as many hoses have blown actually FLOODING the basement).

When the water powered sump pump is activated, clean fresh drinking water is released into the sump pit.  Some of the more efficient models pull up 1 gallon of waste water, for each gallon of fresh water used, other, less efficient models use anywhere from 3 to 6 gallons of fresh water for every gallon of sump water! Then, both the fresh water and the wastewater are dumped out onto the lawn or into the sewer system that already has an overflow of storm water in it, making the flooding worse.

Please think twice before purchasing one of these water pumps,, not only do they waste water they MUST be installed with backflow protection, if not these pumps are a health hazard to your home as contaminated water could potentially be sucked back into the fresh drinking water supply for the house.