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macrumors 65816
Original poster
Jan 12, 2010
Hey all,

No idea if this is the right place, but I was curious if anyone knew anything about a way to get a notification sent to my iPhone if the power goes out at my house. The idea is that if there's a massive storm, and the power goes out, the sump pump will fail and my basement will flood. I figured I could mitigate this if I got a tweet or email if the power fails.

Near as I can tell, I'd need a UPS on the modem/router, and some sort of way to sense the outage and send a notification.

Does anyone know of anything that'll do that? I suppose there's probably monitoring services that'll charge me a monthly fee to do it, but I was hoping for a DIY sort of thing.

I also thought maybe the new Nest thermostat could be MacGyvered to do it, but I haven't read of anyone who has succeeded.

Thanks for your thoughts!


macrumors newbie
Jun 22, 2012
I am looking for the same thing

I figured there would be an app for telling if your home power was out by now, but I can't find anything on the app store.


macrumors 6502a
Jun 5, 2012
Not without custom scripts and hacks, besides the obvious being to place a UPS between the sump pump and the electrical outlet.
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