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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.

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8 Responses to Sir Pumps-A-Lot

  1. Dano says:

    Will the dirty sewage infested water back flow into the city supply?

  2. Dano:

    Good question: If you look at their FAQ page:


    A patented check-valve prevents any back flow from occurring, thus protecting potable water supply.


    If you don’t trust them you could always buy a third party vacuum breaker like this one:


  3. Frank Townend says:

    If the main sump pump and the backup sump pump fail, $20 for a little extra insurance isn’t that bad. A couple of right-angle hose couplers, drop it into the sump basin, and you are all set.

  4. Blair says:

    I can see where this might be a lifesaver when unexpected floods occur, and for the price, it might be worth it just to keep on the shelf just in case.

  5. anon says:

    Have you considered the MIRACLE MINI PUMP alternative?

    It has a silly name too.

  6. jimmy says:

    anon~ Thanks. intheswim.com has the miracle mini pump for $10 and works on the same principle.

  7. John Laur says:

    I think the most important thing to remember about this type of little pump is that they work without power — so long as you still have water pressure anyway.

  8. fred jones says:

    do you know where i can buy the pump – a -lot for my swimming pool

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