How do I set up a Zap to monitor for absent emails indicating a stalled backup system?

  • 22 November 2023
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I have a backup system that will email me when the backup is successful or fails.    However, if the backup system stalls, neither condition is met.   Is there any way to create a zap that will notice that an email with specific criteria hasn’t arrived within 30 hours?    This would indicate that a backup job has stalled, since they come in roughly every 24 hours.    

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Hi @Garlydog 

Good question.

You could create that using Zapier Tables or GSheets or Airtable.

The concept would be to use 1 Zap to log each email you get with a timestamp and some common lookup value.

Then use another Zap that is triggered on a Schedule to find the most recent row and compare it to the current timestamp to determine the time different.

Use the Zap action: Formatter > Date & Time > Compare Dates

Follow that by a Filter step.


Excellent!   I will followup on idea and see if I can get it working.  Thank you so much for replying.