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DoubleT 01-30-2007 11:00 AM

power outage control
 
anyone have a sugguestion to control the the flooding of my wet drt when the power goes off?

Lauri 01-30-2007 11:12 AM

There are battery backups you can purchase. You plug it into the wall the batter inside charges all the time, your pump is plugged into this battery back up unit. If the power goes out the pump still runs for a time on the battery backup. Only way I know of we plan on useing that for our sump on the sw tank, others my have some more ideas. Hope it helps.

DoubleT 01-30-2007 11:28 AM

thanks

iam going to get one. how long do they last

Brandon 01-30-2007 11:32 AM

Probably pretty long because you wont be using it every day right?

Lauri 01-30-2007 11:38 AM

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Originally Posted by DoubleT
thanks

iam going to get one. how long do they last

I am not sure on the time. Take a look and see I would imagine they have different sized ones which may last longer than others. We have not gone out and purchased ours yet. If you find one let us know im sure alot of people would be interest on how ya did. Good luck

Melissa 01-30-2007 12:02 PM

we bought a battery backup that lasts like 8 hours....but it was 200 bucks.

trreherd 01-30-2007 02:41 PM

What? your sump should not be overflowing even when the power goes out. What part is overflowing into the sump? I will eliminate the overflow box(obiously) Im thinking you forgot to drill a whole in the reture line for your wet dry. What might be happening is that when the power goes out,the water in the return ling gets pulled by gravity the opposite way and syphons the water from your tank to your sump. To fix this all you have to do is drill a 1/16th inch whole rite below the water line in your main tank so when the powergoes out,the the whole will break that suction therfore leaving your floors dry.

usmc121581 01-30-2007 03:13 PM

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Originally Posted by trreherd
What? your sump should not be overflowing even when the power goes out. What part is overflowing into the sump? I will eliminate the overflow box(obiously) Im thinking you forgot to drill a whole in the return line for your wet dry. What might be happening is that when the power goes out,the water in the return ling gets pulled by gravity the opposite way and syphons the water from your tank to your sump. To fix this all you have to do is drill a 1/16th inch whole rite below the water line in your main tank so when the powergoes out,the the whole will break that suction therfore leaving your floors dry.

I think he forgot the hole to, BUT! When the power comes back on the siphon does not start right up so if your not home and the power goes out and then comes back on, the sump would flood the main tank. Its happened to me 3x so I went out and bought a $200 back up the most it last is up to 52 hrs. It also depends on what you have it plugged into.

jjwin98 01-30-2007 04:31 PM

trreherd how would I eliminate my overflow box is there a kit out there or some other way.
thanks

caferacermike 01-30-2007 05:00 PM

I've never had a problem with my system returning to normal after a power outage. I to have holes drilled in my return 90's. Just above the water line so they break siphon immediately. I have 8" of "extra" cushion. If your wet/dry is overfilling it isn't large enough.


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