alternatives to sump pump???
For various reasons, installing a sump pump in the basement of my 80+ year old farmhouse is not practical. I have a small, shallow pit in my floor with inlet pipes, but no outlet which overflows when we get wet conditions. When it overflows, we wind up with standing water on our basement floor (our basement has 6 foot ceilings and is not and will not be used for anything other than storage). I put an "automatic utility pump" in the pit and ran a garden hose from it to our floor drain. So far, this seems to be ok. I'm not thrilled with the "automatic" part of the pump- it doesn't sense water very well, but when it does pump, it easily empties the pit. I'm ok with this set up, but I'd like to find a better utility pump. Any suggestions or other alternatives I should consider?