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Basement Watchdog Emergency Battery Backup Sump Pump System
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Basement Watchdog

Emergency Battery Backup Sump Pump System

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

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Product Overview

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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I am looking for a great economical sumeriable pump that is battery operated so I can pump standing water off roofs

Asked by: banktech11
The Basement Watchdog Emergency system is designed for indoor sump applications. It is not suitable for use in outdoor applications as the battery and electronics are not designed to withstand the elements. For more information, please contact our customer support team 800-991-0466, option 3. We are available to take incoming calls from 9am - 5pm CT Monday through Friday.
Answered by: Glentronics
Date published: 2016-11-23

Battery needs changing every 2 years

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.
Asked by: Bob
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! Series
Answered by: Series
Date published: 2016-10-16

How long does the system operate without power? Is 6 hrs continuous runnng or intermittent?

Asked by: Jimbob
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.
Answered by: Glentronics
Date published: 2016-12-01

I would like to replace the battery with one that I do not have to put acid in. What battery do I need?

Asked by: Baldy
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. Series
Answered by: Series
Date published: 2016-09-26
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Customer Reviews

Emergency Battery Backup Sump Pump System is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 65.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not impressed with the design or operation. It seems a... Not impressed with the design or operation. It seems a bit underpowered. Plan to listen to the alarm for a bit when first installed unless you charged the battery ahead of time because a low battery alarm is not silenced by the alarm silence switch.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is a decent backup unit. We live in an area with a lot of water, and our sump stays pretty b... This is a decent backup unit. We live in an area with a lot of water, and our sump stays pretty busy. I installed this about two years ago, and it's done very well so far. Power outages, pump failures, and even in a flood when my sump pump couldn't keep up, this ran and kept the sump low and my basement dry. The unit is smaller, the emergency float switch takes some adjusting, and the beeping can get a little annoying, and I wish it had some more advanced features, but overall it has been a good product for us. If it ever needs replaced, I will likely purchase the same brand, but check out the larger unit, and possibly look into WiFi capability.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hasn't worked correctly since I bought it... Should have returned it immediately. Won't buy this ... Hasn't worked correctly since I bought it... Should have returned it immediately. Won't buy this brand again, it's poor quality.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from battery backup Good deal good product I have had a good experience with the product
Date published: 2016-09-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-04-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Watchdog is short lived and needs to be put down. I bought a home with this system professionally installed 15 months ago. I am ripping this out and installing something new. It did pump as a back up, but audible alarm will not silence even when turned off. If battery drains a little due to pumping, alarm will sound until battery is completely charged. Imagine a smoke alarm that will not shut off. You have to dissconect from battery (with wrench) and power brick from wall. After my unit screamed all night and battery would not take full charge....it's got to go (Yes water level in battery was maintained) Bottom line..does work, but will drive you insane.
Date published: 2010-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2012-10-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of money 1) I have a 10' lift and this puppy struggles moving the water. 2) The battery lasts less than a year (and I maintained it according to the instructions) - the charger basically overcharges the battery to death. 3) It doesn't recognize a dead battery until it attempts to use the battery, and then it's too late. Bottom line, I would not recommend wasting your money on this unit. I honestly don't know if there's a completely reliable system out there for under $600, but buying this system just gives you a false sense of security and you'll find yourself replacing it anyway.
Date published: 2014-01-06
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