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turbomangt 02-14-2011 08:41 AM

Back up Sump Pump
 
OK Pro's do I want a box store back up sump pump or should I go to a pro and get one that is more commerical grade. I heard some bad reviews on the watch dog product you get at box stores. thanks, G

Jackofall1 02-14-2011 09:22 AM

Had a watch gaurd for about 10 years, maintained battery every year or so, never failed me when it was needed, and it was needed a couple of times. I did go out and get a second battery to connect in parrallel, so I had lots of longevity.

Mark

turbomangt 02-14-2011 09:28 AM

I have heard that sealed battery's last longer, rather than the acid type like in the WD, I also know they make pumps that work in the event the main pump fails, lots of different options here

AllanJ 02-14-2011 09:29 AM

Test the backup pump every once in awhile. (Turn off the power to the "main" pump for a few fill/empty cycles.)

Jackofall1 02-14-2011 09:32 AM

The basement watchdog charger system has a probe that is inserted into the battery which alarms if the electrolite gets low (bout once a year) fill with distilled water and its good to go.

Mark

turbomangt 02-14-2011 09:40 AM

I see all kinds of price levels, $200-$600

Jackofall1 02-14-2011 10:18 AM

Well when I bought mine, big box store, don't really remember how much but I believe it was around $250 10 years ago, and an extra battery was another $70 but that was like 8 years later, as a just in case kind ot thing.

Mark

oh'mike 02-14-2011 06:06 PM

SUMPRO Platinum

Here is the top system that I could find----


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