A big storm knocks out your power, and water is slowly creeping into your basement. This sounds like a nightmare scenario, but if you had the foresight to buy a Pumps-A-Lot from GT Water Products, you’re not totally screwed yet. Despite the name, this pump is pretty clever — you power it with city water pressure instead of electricity.
You don’t have to be the star in a natural disaster to rock the Pumps-A-Lot — use it anywhere you have a hose bib, but no outlet. It can move up to 800 gallons per hour, and depending on the water pressure of the source, it can lift water up to fifteen feet high.
The Pumps-A-Lot works in water 1/8″ or deeper, which means you’re going to have to find a way to get rid of that last 1/8″ of standing water. Of course, by using the device you’ll waste a little water, but no more than one gallon of tap water for every six gallons of water you remove.
To operate it, attach a garden hose into the input port of the device and a 1-1/4″ or 1-1/2″ discharge hose to the outlet. Submerge the Pumps-A-Lot and turn the water faucet on — no priming required.
You’re going to pay about $20 for a Pumps-A-Lot, but after you get it home make sure you throw away the box so nobody sees the name.