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Old 02-14-2011, 08:41 AM   #1
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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

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Old 02-14-2011, 09:22 AM   #2
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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.

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Old 02-14-2011, 09:28 AM   #3
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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
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Test the backup pump every once in awhile. (Turn off the power to the "main" pump for a few fill/empty cycles.)
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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.

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

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