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GopherPete wrote:


frozen4champs wrote:


GopherPete wrote:


We had a sump pump failure and flooded basement last week. Now we are in the process of looking at replacement options for our old carpeting. We are thinking laminate or vinyl plank flooring. Any suggestions? Also, floor is concrete so will we need to install subfloor with either/both? Thanks

Sorry about the sump pump failure. For peace of mind, you may want to consider adding a second sump pump above your regular one. We built a new house last summer, and we added one that is hooked into the water line. It runs off the water pressure if the electricity goes out.

Not a bad idea. It was actually a float switch malfunction (got stuck in bottom position and never activated pump) but has since been working just fine so I am planning to just replace the float switch.

I don’t know if it is available on residential pumps, but the commercial ones I specify have a secondary switch above the first one in case the first fails (there’s usually a third even higher to sound an alarm). Although a more secure arrangement is the second pump someone else suggested (our commercial ones often have that arrangement too – of course the worst failure we had was a flood from a different system that took out the electrical panel serving the whole thing, good thing the alarm worked!)