How Many Sump Pumps Are Enough?

A flooded basement is never fun. After years of procrastination, a second sump is being installed here at Rancho Indebto. The peace of mind should be worth an amount exponential to the cost of installation.

While we get by just fine with one sump under most conditions, when the torrential rains head our way, it’s always brings on a case of the jitters. I’ve become far too adept at cleaning up after the Nor’easters, tropical storms, and hurricanes. Dealing with basement flooding isn’t fun.

When my Mom passed away, most of her stuff ended up in my basement, along with the means to finally end the problem we encounter a few times each year. With a second sump installed, we’re hoping to never need to bail out the basement again. The new sump will be fitted with a pair of pumps and (eventually) a backup power system. We might add a second pump to the first pit.

With a little luck, the family archives (a.k.a. all those boxes of junk) will never end up underwater.

Ideally, I’d like to have a backup system with a small bank of batteries fed by solar panels and a turbine. What once seemed like science fiction is now well within the realm of possibility, with a big stack of twenty dollar bills being the only hurdle.

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  • MysteryGuest

    Check out the water-powered sump pump at

    No electricity needed.

  • Bill

    In a normal basement, if one sump pump won’t handle it then you should repair the source of the leak.

  • Scott

    I have 2 pits in my basement, on opposite corners. each is fitted with a 1/2 hp pump on AC power and then I have a watchdog battery backup pump in each pit. a few years ago we had several days of very heavy rain and the only reason my basement flooded was because a tree fell over and took out the power a few hours. so the battery backup pumps were installed and since then they have saved my basement at least half a dozen times.

  • Dee Taylor

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