Spotlight: Sump, high-water monitoring system sends cellphone text alerts

Spotlight: Sump, high-water monitoring system sends cellphone text alerts
The AdvanTEXT cellular flood and sump pump monitoring system from Blue Angel Pumps.

The AdvanTEXT cellular flood and sump pump monitoring system from Blue Angel Pumps notifies up to three people via text message of high water, power outage and when normal water levels have been restored. The system plugs into a GFCI outlet near the sump pit and is backed up by four AA batteries. Using M2M cellular technology, the system works without a landline, Internet or home Wi-Fi ($29.95 annual fee applies). 

A dual float system attaches to the discharge pipe in the sump pit. If water rises above the sump pump, the system sends out a text alert. If water continues to rise and lifts the second float, another text message is sent. 

The monitoring system includes a status light (solid green ready), low battery light (flashing), on/off/mute button, test button, float sensor light that blinks when activated, and lower and upper sensor lights. 

Applications include primary or secondary residences and rental property. 

“It operates on the same principle as a cellphone,” says Jeremy Cantor, vice president of sales and marketing for WAYNE Water Systems. “As long as you can receive a text message, you’re good to go. It works on a very low signal strength. All you need is half a bar to send a text message.” 

The monitoring system is intended for sale by plumbers to homeowners and works with any sump pump. 

“It could be installed by the homeowner, but we like plumbers to primarily install it,” Cantor says. 

Combined with a battery-powered, sump pump backup system, such as the Blue Angel Pumps model F12V, the AdvanTEXT system provides around-the-clock monitoring and emergency backup. The 12-volt backup system pumps from 38 gpm at 10-foot head for 48 to 72 hours of protection, depending on the amount of water discharged. 

The backup system requires a 40- or 75-amp deep cycle battery. Smart charging technology keeps the battery fully charged. 800/237-0987; www.waynewatersystems.com.



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