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).