Get a Text When Your Sump Pump Fails

Get a Text When Your Sump Pump Fails lifehacker Deadspin Gizmodo Jalopnik Jezebel Kotaku Lifehacker index Skillet Two Cents Vitals App directory Gear Get a Text When Your Sump Pump Fails Shep McAllister 5/19/13 1:00pm Filed to: DIY Household Home Automation Sump Pump Flooding Raspberry Pi Home Monitoring 16 2 Edit Promote Dismiss Undismiss Share to Kinja Toggle Conversation tools Go to permalink A lot of sump pump systems have a backup pump and an alarm that goes off in the case of failure, but that alarm is only good if you're home to hear it. With a little ingenuity though, you can hack your pump to send you a text if the water level starts getting too high. Advertisement Felix Rusu at LowPowerLab created this project for peace of mind when he was on vacation. He shares the code and a complete walkthrough on his site, but basically it uses a sonar rangefinder to monitor the depth of the water below his basement, and a Raspberry Pi to hook the system up to his home network and send out alerts. He set the system to alert him if the water level got within 20cm of his basement floor, which would indicate the the pump was failing. This won't fix the problem or restart the pump, but if he was on vacation it would at least give him time to ask a neighbor or repair man for help remotely. If you're interested in trying this out in your own basement, be sure to hit up the source link. Sump Pump alert with Moteino and HC-SR04 | LowPowerLab via Hack A Day Gear from Kinja Deals The Best Black Friday Deals Your Top Five Picks For Best Rolling Carry-On Bags Give the Gift of A Movie Night With This Discounted AMC Theaters Gift Card Reply 16 replies Leave a reply You may also like The Muse Carrie Fisher Fucks Han Solo, Fights Princess Leia, and Finds Herself in The Princess Diarist Yesterday 10:30am Deadspin How Jack Johnson's Parents Screwed Him And Left Him Millions In Debt 1/14/15 11:10am io9 Firefly's Shepherd, Ron Glass, Dies at 71 (Update) Yesterday 1:26pm Recent from Shep McAllister 1.3K Deals · Shep McAllister Give the Gift of A Movie Night With This Discounted AMC Theaters Gift Card Yesterday 12:50pm 5 10 131.1K Deals · Shep McAllister Saturday's Best Deals: Black Friday Leftovers, Refurb iPhones, Ticket to Ride, and More Yesterday 6:30am 979 Deals · Shep McAllister Finally Start That Podcast With a $90 Blue Yeti Microphone Yesterday 5:32am Share Tweet About Blog Need Help? Content Guide Lifehacker Store Redirecting to the Lifehacker store in Disclaimer: You are leaving a Gizmodo Media Group, LLC website and going to a third party site, which is subject to its own privacy policy and terms of use. Continue Permissions Privacy Terms of Use Advertising Jobs RSS ©2016 Gizmodo Media Group Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.