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MRQuad 09-01-2008 09:17 PM

question about my sump..
i just finished setting up my sump.. and it's running fine right now..

my question is:
what should i buy to prevent my sump from black out? i heard that it's going to overflow.. i'm afraid of that..

please, help me out.. thanks..

onefish2fish 09-01-2008 10:05 PM

if it was properly built there should not be any worry.
there should be a syphon break in your overflow ( small hole that stops the syphon or if its a box overflow, it should only be on the surface of your water )

there should be enough room in your sump to take whatever amount of water flows out from your plumbing and overflowbox down to it, this will prob. be a few gallons, depending on how you have your set up.

if all this is in effect, there should be no worries

i would just recommend a float switch for your return pump so when the waters low it doesnt run dry, burn out and risk a chance of fire..

SKAustin 09-01-2008 10:49 PM


Originally Posted by onefish2fish
if it was properly built there should not be any worry..

Motion seconded!

It would help if you could either provide a detailed description of your overflow and sump set-up, or provide photos of it. If there are any faults in the design that would cause worry, they should be easily spotted by anyone with moderate experience in operating a sump..

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