How do you force your back-up sump pump to run?

Old 08-09-23, 08:25 AM
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Question How do you force your back-up sump pump to run?

In the historic torrential rain of yesterday in here in the Northeast, my basement sump pump was simply outmatched by the inflow, which resulted in some leakage.
My Wayne system consists of AC-powered main pump and battery-powered back-up pump.
I'm wondering if there was any way to force the back-up pump to run as well as the main pump, increasing the output capacity.
Or is the back-up pump designed to step in only when the main pump fails?
Old 08-09-23, 09:14 AM
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The back up sump pump is supposed to have its own switch, set to a slightly higher turn on level. So if the main pump fails or is overwhelmed the water level will rise a bit higher and turn on the back up pump.

Now you could design your system to do it differently like you manually switch over to the backup pump when you choose to. Some folks do it this way, manually switching back and forth every two months so both pumps get about equal time performing. Or they didn't wire up the pumps the best way and having them both on at the same time trips the breaker.

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