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Posted by Chris Szilagyi on July 29, 2004, 7:35 pm

I recently had my 1 1/2 year-old sump pump break (a cheap one that the
plumber installed).  I'm looking for a decent sump pump with a battery
backup system built in, something with 6+ hours of constant run-time.
I've read up on the Basement Watchdog series pumps, which Home Depot
and Lowes carry.  Are these any good, and built well?  I'm looking for
something that doesn't have a lot of plastic parts like the pump I
currently have, that will break again.  I'm also open to alternative
brands.  If anybody can give me some feedback on the Basement Watchdog
models, or suggest other brands, please let me know!!!

Thanks a lot for all feedback!

Posted by m Ransley on July 29, 2004, 8:35 pm
If you have city water go with Zoeller or Basepump. They are water main
powered backup pumps. Battery powered are minimal in protection and dont
forget you will need new batteries in maybe 7-10 yrs and the ratings are
for new batteries.

Posted by Joseph Meehan on July 29, 2004, 10:22 pm
 Chris Szilagyi wrote:

    It will take one huge battery pack to power any reasonably sized sump
pump for 6 hours.

    As noted some people are using water powered pumps that work off the
local water supply.  Yes you can pump water with water.  It may not be the
best for every day use, but it does make sense for this kind of situation.

Joseph E. Meehan

26 + 6 = 1  It's Irish Math

Posted by toller on July 29, 2004, 10:33 pm

Unfortunately it is a double bind.  A water powered pump will run as long as
it has water, but will not have the capacity you need.  A battery powered
pump might have the capacity, but will require a bank of batteries.
The only real solution is a second sump pump and a generator.  That is what
I did at my old house, with a battery backup on one and a water backup on
the other.  Then I couldn't take it any more and moved; that was the real
solution.  If you need a pump to run 6 hours straight (as I did frequently)
it is a sad situation.

Posted by Rod Speed on July 29, 2004, 10:37 pm

Makes a hell of a lot more sense to have a motor driven pump instead.

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