Sump Pump Cam ... with Clamp light on smart switch

Ok, I’ve always been worried about my sump pump … as I’m sure are all owners of sump pumps.

One overflow can wreck your entire day … as well as cost you dearly.

I have several wifi moisture detectors set up in and around the sump pump … but for whatever reasons, I would get an occasional false alarm … only to hurry home or send in a friend if we are out of town to check on any alarms, even the false alarms.

So I set up a sump pump cam … and positioned an LED clamp light, operated by a smart switch. (Only the light is controlled by the smart switch. The camera runs 24/7 and works well in night vision with light off)

I mounted the camera on a board, zipped-stripped to a couple of bricks so the camera and board wouldn’t tip over or float away in an overflow.

Using the smart switch, I can flick the light on or off at will, 24/7, to illuminate the pit.

Here are some pix of the project. It’s working great! Also getting “motion alerts” on my Apple Watch. Pretty slick!

Clamp Light and camera position (before mounting on bricks):

Zipped and mounted on bricks:

Actual WYZE snapshot with light on.

Apple Watch alert:

A motion detection alert video when the sump pump runs with light off. Works well in complete darkness.

Ok, I admit. A bit of overkill. But for the cost of a camera and an $8 clamp light on a $10 smart switch, I have the ability to check on my sump pump remotely … and get notified every time it runs … or be able to see the watch pouring out of the pit and know I really, really have a problem

(In the interest of truth … the sump pump cam was my brother-in-law’s idea (He’s smarter than me!). But hey, I turned him onto WYZE cameras so I feel free to share how I am using his idea for a sump pump cam).

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You will find all kinds of uses for monitoring stuff with a Wyze cam because they are inexpensive and easy to use. Right now, one of mine is sitting inside my freezer watching the function of the automatic ice maker. Trying to figure out what it is doing wrong. I’m sure the repair tech will get blown away when instead of trying to describe the problem, I show a video.

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Great idea.
My basement flooded last September.
I wasn’t done with repairs and insurance companies until February.

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The sump pump cam is working great. We’ve had some rainy weather, in addition to ground thaw … so I finally turned off Notifications for the Sump Pump cam because the pump was running frequently! One additional comment … with the camera that close to the pit, the night vision works great … still get event recordings, notifications, etc. The HD view with the clamp light on is crystal clear also! I’m a happy sump pump owner now (in addition to being a happy Wyze Cam owner).

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Angus.Black – Sorry to hear it took so long for your insurance company and repairs to get the job done. I, too, have had sump pump woes in the past … even had sump-pump-backup-systems fail. I’m loving the “eyes on” ability I have now. I mean, I can check it from my easy chair or from the road, 24/7

I have a Cam keeping an eye on the sump pump also but it’s mounted up high , has a view of the cover.
Cover must be on it all times and gaps taped up, to keep the cat from knocking stuff down there , had one pump seize up because of that.
Also have one set up keeping an eye on water pump gauge

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view of the cover.
Cover must be on it all times and gaps taped up
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Scared me when I started reading your post. I thought maybe it was plumbing “code” to keep cover on and taped up. We have no pets or small kids, so hopefully nothing will find its way into the pit and cause the float to jam.

But then again, it wouldn’t surprise me that in trying to monitor and prevent a problem, it will cause me a problem someday. It’s the way life works out sometimes!

I wasn’t concerned about a problem until the chit hit the fan “impeller” :grin: