Internet-Connected SUMP PUMPS?
Yep, you heard right! Believe it or not, even the old sump pump is benefiting from modern technology, and I’m pretty excited about what’s recently come to the market…
Since December, 2011, I have had a battery backup sump pump system called the PeakFlow iControl installed in my basement. I was intrigued by the system when I first saw it, because it allows you to connect to your pump system over the internet, using any web browser. You can run a self-test, check battery capacity, and monitor and clear alarms from ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD you can get an internet connection.
I’m pretty impressed with this pump system, and not just because of the really great internet feature. This system has a powerful pump motor, a nice looking (and so far perfectly reliable) dual-float switch, and a ruggedly-constructed control unit. It’s also manufactured by a local company (like our PHCC Pro brand), who has been in business for a long time, and whose products have an excellent reputation for reliability. It gives me a great comfort level to know that if I ever had an issue with their product, I have direct access to the owners of the company. That kind of personal connection lets me give you even more assurance that the products we sell are made to last!
I actually removed my main pump several months ago, to give the iControl more of a workout. Now that we’re getting some rain & snow melt, that pump is getting more and more use, and it’s performing perfectly.
Now, you may be thinking that it’s no big deal to be able to connect to your pump over the internet. I would respectfully disagree! Right now, my own “original” backup pump system, a PHCC Pro 2400, is connected to my home alarm system. When any kind of trouble happens (such as a power failure, or the pump activating for any reason), my alarm keypad beeps, and the alarm monitoring company calls me.
Now that’s all well and good, but when I get the call, all the alarm company can tell me is that I have a “Sump Pump Trouble Alarm”. There is no way to know WHAT caused it, and that could be a big issue! With the iControl, I can simply log on to tell if there is a power failure, or if the pump was activated. I can run a self test cycle and check the battery level. The bottom line is, I can easily and conveniently tell if I have a problem that needs immediate action, or if it’s something that can wait. With my PHCC Pro 2400, I have no idea what the problem may be. If I were on vacation when the pump alarm came, I would certainly FAR PREFER the information I get from the iControl. With the Pro 2400, I might be forced to call a neighbor to check on my house – I like my neighbors, but I’m sure we’d all like to avoid having them check on my sump pump!!
We’re getting close to offering this pump system for sale at The Sump Pump Company, and when we do, you’ll see all the information here on our site. If you want to KNOW what’s going on with your sump pump rather than just guessing, then the iControl is the system for you!