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Old 12-31-2012, 11:23 AM   #1
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I have two sump pumps (two separate pits at opposite ends of the house) in my house. I want to add two battery backup sump pumps. I've read mixed reviews on the Watchdog pumps at Home Depot and Lowes. I don't want something where I have to add acid or water to the batteries on a regular basis.

Can anyone recommend a reliable brand? Nothing too expensive, as I need to buy two of them.

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Old 12-31-2012, 11:37 AM   #2
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I'd be spending my time and money on figuring out what to do to prevent the water from getting in instead of how to get it out.
There has to be something wrong if there's that much water coming in.
Poor grading, leaking line under the slab, no gutters or the down spouts were not routed far enough away from the foundation, foundation not sealed on the outside. ECT.
A quality battery back pump will not come cheap.
http://www.zoellerpumps.com/ProductB...?ProductID=312

Want less battery maintance then look into a Gel or AGM battery.
There going to cost at least double what a wet cell cost.

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Old 12-31-2012, 11:44 AM   #3
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Battery maintenance must be done no matter what brand of pump you buy--that's the nature of deep cycle batteries---

I've installed many Basement Watchdog pumps----never had a problem with them---
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I'd be spending my time and money on figuring out what to do to prevent the water from getting in instead of how to get it out.
There has to be something wrong if there's that much water coming in.
Poor grading, leaking line under the slab, no gutters or the down spouts were not routed far enough away from the foundation, foundation not sealed on the outside. ECT.
A quality battery back pump will not come cheap.
http://www.zoellerpumps.com/ProductB...?ProductID=312

Want less battery maintance then look into a Gel or AGM battery.
There going to cost at least double what a wet cell cost.
I had all of my gutters redone...all downspouts are routing to piping going directly to the street. There are no visible leaks or issues with the spouts or piping. The dirt around the house is sloped away, with heavy plastic the problem areas, stray water away from the house. Still, water always finds a way in.

I didn't realize that battery maintenance was standard operation for deep cycle batteries. I read some complaints online about the maintenance of the Watchdog batteries, but maybe those are from people who don't understand the norm.
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Battery maintenance must be done no matter what brand of pump you buy--that's the nature of deep cycle batteries---

I've installed many Basement Watchdog pumps----never had a problem with them---
Did you install them with a Watchdog battery, or a battery from another manufacturer? I see several options from Watchdog, with the lowest costing about $150 (battery not included), which I think is a reasonable price.

Do the cheaper Watchdog models just have a lower flow rate, or are they built cheaper/less reliable than the most expensive Watchdog models? My sump pump currently has a few minutes of downtime between it's running cycles, so I assume that means that the flow rate of water into my pit isn't really that high.
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I only install the better quality pumps---so I don't know much about the lower cost ones---

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