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Basement Watchdog

Model BWE

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Emergency Battery Backup Sump Pump System

$138.00 /each
  • Sensor monitors battery fluid levels for increased piece of mind
  • Includes a dual float switch for added protection
  • Detailed manual makes installation easy

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The Basement Watchdog Emergency Battery Backup Sump Pump can be easily installed in either a normal sized or narrow sump pit and automatically begins pumping during power outages, when the main pump fails or when water flow exceeds the capacity of the main pump. Its unique monitoring system sounds an alarm when maintenance is needed or a problem arises. A display panel indicator light will identify the cause of the alarm and the proper corrective action. The dual float switch provides double the protection and will activate the backup pump when either float is raised.

  • Pumps 1,000 GPH at 10 ft. of lift and 2,000 GPH at 0 ft. of lift
  • User-friendly control panel lights up with a warning and describes what to do for easy maintenance
  • Dual float switch provides 2X the protection
  • Provides days of intermittent pumping power on a single battery charge
  • Fluid sensor monitors fluid level of the battery
  • Compatible with both wet cell and maintenance-free AGM batteries
  • Automatic 0.4-Amp charger
  • Compact pump can be installed even in small or narrow sump pits
  • Detailed instructions with over 90 pictures walk you through the simple installation process
  • Free lifetime technical support
  • Includes control unit with a dual float switch, a battery fluid level sensor, pump with a 1-1/2 in. PVC pipe adapter, battery box and charger
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Battery needs changing every 2 years

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September 18, 2015
I have the system with the yellow control box. It seems I need to get a battery every 2 years for some reason. I always get your battery. Our power hardly ever goes out. The only thing I can think of out of the normal set up is I have a trickle charge hooked up to the battery.
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February 29, 2016
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While i can't answer your question directly, i will suggest that you can substitute a regular marine battery or car battery (car batteries will need to you to adapt the battery posts to marine posts..Autozone, for example < $8). And there is a big warning that comes with this suggestion. Watchdog brand uses a probe to test the battery which must either be placed in the 2nd post from the positive pole or Read More
While i can't answer your question directly, i will suggest that you can substitute a regular marine battery or car battery (car batteries will need to you to adapt the battery posts to marine posts..Autozone, for example < $8). And there is a big warning that comes with this suggestion. Watchdog brand uses a probe to test the battery which must either be placed in the 2nd post from the positive pole or connected directly to the positive pole...see quote form Watchdog'd FAQ section:
Q: Why is the battery fluid low alarm on even after the cells are filled to the proper level?
A: Be sure to add fluid to all six battery cells, and then place the sensor rod in the correct cell. Acid is only added the first time to activate the battery. Distilled water is used all other times. The sensor rod should be in the second cell from the positive (+) terminal of the battery. If it is in any other cell, it is not measuring correctly. Make sure all 2 ½" of the sensor is inserted in the pre-drilled hole in the battery cap, or in the hole in the battery case, depending on which battery you own. An arrow on the top label points to the correct location. If you are using a different brand battery, the fluid sensor must be attached to the positive (+) terminal of the battery.
I connected it directly and she is chugging away nicely!
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October 22, 2015
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We would love to help you with elongating the life of your battery. Most people don't realize that these batteries need to be maintained by checking the fluid levels every 4-6 months in each cell and if low the addition of distilled water is necessary to preserve the battery. We would love to assist you with this directly please contact us at 800.991.0466 ext 3 for tech support
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How long does the system operate without power? Is 6 hrs continuous runnng or intermittent?

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July 22, 2015
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July 29, 2015
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If you use the 6 hour battery (Model #24EP6) it will run for 6 hours of continuous pumping or up to 50 hours of intermittent pumping. You can also use the larger size 7.5 hour battery (Model #30HDC140S) with that "BWE" system. Because that pump uses less battery power than our other large two backup system the larger battery will give you 12 hours of continuous pumping or around 100 hours of intermittent Read More
If you use the 6 hour battery (Model #24EP6) it will run for 6 hours of continuous pumping or up to 50 hours of intermittent pumping. You can also use the larger size 7.5 hour battery (Model #30HDC140S) with that "BWE" system. Because that pump uses less battery power than our other large two backup system the larger battery will give you 12 hours of continuous pumping or around 100 hours of intermittent pumping. Read Less
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July 23, 2015
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The six hours is continuous pumping. It will run days for intermittent pumping.
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I would like to replace the battery with one that I do not have to put acid in. What battery do I need?

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You can use any marine battery or car battery (for car batteries, you must adapt the battery post to the 'marine" posts...autozone etc..< $8).
There is a warning that comes with this change....some systems, like Watchdog brand have a probe that must be dealt with. See attached quote from their FAQ section:
Q: Why is the battery fluid low alarm on even after the cells are filled to the proper Read More
You can use any marine battery or car battery (for car batteries, you must adapt the battery post to the 'marine" posts...autozone etc..< $8).
There is a warning that comes with this change....some systems, like Watchdog brand have a probe that must be dealt with. See attached quote from their FAQ section:
Q: Why is the battery fluid low alarm on even after the cells are filled to the proper level?
A: Be sure to add fluid to all six battery cells, and then place the sensor rod in the correct cell. Acid is only added the first time to activate the battery. Distilled water is used all other times. The sensor rod should be in the second cell from the positive (+) terminal of the battery. If it is in any other cell, it is not measuring correctly. Make sure all 2 ½" of the sensor is inserted in the pre-drilled hole in the battery cap, or in the hole in the battery case, depending on which battery you own. An arrow on the top label points to the correct location. If you are using a different brand battery, the fluid sensor must be attached to the positive (+) terminal of the battery.
I connected mine directly to the postive post and have not had a problem with it.
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July 29, 2015
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We have our own AGM/Maintenance free battery that just came out. It should be in stores very soon. You can find more information on that battery here: http://www.basementwatchdog.com/Basement_Watchdog_Standby_batteries.php
If you can't wait and need a AGM/Maintenance free battery right away I would suggest finding one that has a reserve capacity of at least 90 minutes @ a 25 amp draw.
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We have our own AGM/Maintenance free battery that just came out. It should be in stores very soon. You can find more information on that battery here: http://www.basementwatchdog.com/Basement_Watchdog_Standby_batteries.php
If you can't wait and need a AGM/Maintenance free battery right away I would suggest finding one that has a reserve capacity of at least 90 minutes @ a 25 amp draw.
Be sure to attach the fluid sensor probe to the positive post if your using a different brand or AGM type of battery. Read Less
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Starting wattage

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I'm interested in adding a generator for extended periods when power is out. What is the starting wattage for this system? What is the running wattage? Thank you for your assistance.
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The Basement Watchdog Emergency pump runs off of the battery and not AC power, therefore there is no difference between startup and running wattage. The Basement Watchdog Emergency system draws 10W from the AC outlet at any given time.
Please contact us directly for more information at 800-991-0466 ext 3 for tech support M-F 9-5 CST.
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Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 61 reviewers.
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Would not recommend! Bought this system two years ago. It has failed 3 times in that period. Finally, it started beeping and the beeping wont stop. This is a poorly made product for the money you pay! August 4, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Two failures in 1 year Horrible quality. Cheap plastic float. I had this system professionally installed. 1st power outage the small backup pump couldn't keep up. 3 months later the main pump failed. Received a replacement and that failed 4 months later. Don't buy this system unless you love flooding in your basement. April 26, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Does not move any water at 10 ft. DO NOT USE THIS PUMP AT A 10 FT. LIFT!! This pump struggles to move any water at a 10 ft. lift and in a power outage the annoying alarm will scream at you for hours, at night keeping you awake, then after only 2 years the battery failed, (model 24EP6) and you can't silence that alarm, so that's even more screaming and red lights from the control unit. If your sump pump has a 10 ft. lift and you don't live in a desert, look elsewheres. December 24, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by It surprised me... I bought the equivalent of this pump at the Home Depot in 2003. I live in an area that has a lot of groundwater...my 1/2 hp primary pump runs every 10 mins during peak flow, approx 40 gals per min @ 8' head (lift). I always thought if the main pump went out, this thing would be dead in 1/2 a day at best. In 2006, we had a horrendous ice storm here, some areas without power for over 10 days. This pump ran faithfully every 5-10 mins (using a 2 year old 925 cca boat deep cycle battery), and was still running when the power came back on after almost 4 days! It truly surprised me for a product in the entry level range. I attribute this partially to: 1. a careful installation with special routing to keep the discharge lift under 5' (I cheated and went directly through the foundation wall into a storm sewer, rather than up-and-over the foundation), and 2. A good battery. But be sensible folks- know what your primary main pump capacity is, the lift, and how much it is pumping (hint: check the charts at your primary pump manufacturer web site, then charts at the basement watchdog site). That will tell you if this pump can handle it. If your primary pump runs nonstop during storms, 1. its probably too small, and 2. you better plan on multiple backups, or something else with high capacity. And by the way, although the battery is not included, most Home Depots DO carry 2 models of the dry battery and also the acid to be added, the benefit here is a truly "new" battery, which can be serviced (not sealed), and accepts the voltage probe (although the unit will still function with the probe). The higher the amps of the battery, the longer it will pump, and the more you will pay. If the HD doesn't have it, you could also consider a serviceable deep cycle marine battery. After almost 10 years of service, 4 batteries, and multiple power failures without mishap, I have decided to get a new one...you guessed it...this one again. One welcome improvement is the fact that the alarm can now be switched off during an event, and the float switch is now redundant (2 floats). Advice? 1. Keep the discharge pipe completely separate (after all this IS an emergency system) from other plumbing and as LOW as possible. 2. test the system regularly and expect to change out the battery every 2-3 years (don't forget you can recharge the battery from your car in a pinch or even use the car's battery in a real emergency). 3. try to mount the pump with support UNDER the pump. I had a neighbor with this exact model and their basement DID flood...our investigation found that the installing plumber hung the pump by the discharge pipe which cracked the base housing, so the pump ran but did nothing. 4. Be sensible and make sure this pump has the capacity you need...you can even call their tech support- I have found them to be very helpful- the system will only be as good as the installation. I hope you have the same good luck I have had with this pump. October 29, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Doesnt last I bought this after snowstorm knocked out power for almost a year. It lasted 2 years. Then it started beeping and wouldn't stop. I cleaned it-did everything recommended. The beeping drove me insane so finally disconnected. Also, I am a single woman, older woman so set up was not easy. However, for someone used to doing things around the house, it would probably be easy. November 11, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Works well for as long as it lasts This is the third one I have purchased in the last 10 years. The first two functioned ok until shortly after the warranty ran out then needed replacing, hopefully this one will give me longer service. December 8, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Watchdog back-up sump pump The unit came all packed up nice and tight and all complete. All I had to do was buy a marine battery at the store (I already knew that--no surprise). So directions were clear and it all went together nicely. Runs and operates great! Love the "no worries" aspect now if am gone from home knowing the water WILL be pumped out no matter what! September 2, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Backup pump I have had this pump for about 13 years and it has worked well, the other day I tested it & did not work, took it apart and the pump motor was filled w/water, I guess the seal failed, but after that time that is to be expected. I dried it out and is now working but probably is due to be replaced. I am going to buy the same thing to replace it. My main pump is a 1/2 hp. If power does fail it is likely to be during a big storm and if you have a high water table and bad water problem like me, this pump would be greatly taxed and would probably have to run continuously. Therefore you'd better pray that the power comes back w/in 6 hrs or have a generator. November 2, 2008
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