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There is a slow leak in our finished basement - it should be fixed eventually but we are looking for an interim solution to a constant puddle of water in the middle of the floor.

  • Floor is ceramic tile
  • Puddle is near or sometimes in an en suite full bathroom, so with some sort of pump the water could be diverted into a bathtub about 4' away
  • The room is being used as an office, so the solution cannot be super loud
  • The person using the office has mobility issues, so I am looking for something that can just sit in the puddle and work, as she would not be able to operate e.g. a shop-vac, and we have no way to clean or try towels or anything else used to sop up the water

Does such an appliance exist and what would it be called?

  • drill a hole or two in the bottom of an air conditioner condensate pump's tank to make a cheap automatic mini sump pump; ones been keeping my basement dry for 18 months or so now. A "real" sump pump will likely need a deeper puddle, whereas this setup can pull up an inch deep puddle, triggered by its float switch... – dandavis Feb 14 at 18:47
  • Where is the water coming from? – Harper Feb 15 at 22:16
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Here is a sump pump that is quiet, has automatic on/off with the presence of water down to 1/4" and has thermal protection for less than $100. You have the option of purchasing a discharge kit that will work up to 24' and a little check valve as well. All items together are just over $110.

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