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Basement Watchdog Universal Dual Float Switch with Controller
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Basement Watchdog

Universal Dual Float Switch with Controller

$3497 /each
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The Basement Watchdog Universal Dual Float Switch and Controller is the most reliable float switch in the industry. It will activate your primary sump pump when rising water lifts either float by 1/4 in. The float switch has not one but two large floats both in a protective cage. Should one float fail to activate the pump, the second float will automatically takeover. Once the float drops to the original position, the controller will keep the pump running for an additional 10 seconds to completely drain the sump pit. The protective cage prevents debris or other wires from interfering with the floats. The Basement Watchdog Dual Float Switch and Controller is easy to install and can be adjusted to activate at any level. This universal switch can be used with most existing sump pumps.

  • Compatible with most sump pumps
  • Large floats detect 1/4 in. water level rises, automatically activating the sump pump
  • Second float provides additional protection to ensure automatic pump activation
  • Protective float switch cage helps keep debris and wires from interfering with float movement; vented, curved bottom reduces debris build-up under the float
  • Allows the sump pump to run for an additional 10 seconds to drain excess water from the sump pit
  • Includes controller and hose clamp that lets you easily install the floats at any level
  • Includes controller and hose clamp that lets you easily install the float switch at any level
  • UL/cUL listed
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Customer Questions & Answers

How do you adjust the float

Asked by: Bob
You need to follow the instructions that comes with it
Answered by: Manny
Date published: 2017-05-16

how long does it run/provide power to pump

if you had a larger area would it remain on until you hit the lowest activation level? from below it is difficult to tell ++++++++++ July 14, 2015 3.0 3.0 out of 5 Recommended Product Easy to install and worked just fine. Got me out of a jam quickly and easily. The issue I had was that the pump when controlled by this switch would only run for 10 to 15 seconds, then off for 20 seconds then back on. The pump cycled like this constantly for two days until I purchased and installed a float that allowed the sump to empty before shutting off. The Watchdog was limited in that it will only allow a 5 to 6 inch change in water level.
Asked by: ponder
The switch will turn on when the water raises the float. It will run until the water returns the switch to it's off position plus approximately 10 seconds. The total amount of time it runs depends upon the amount of water being drained.
Answered by: jiski
Date published: 2017-04-07

I don't have a sump pit and want to put the float flat on the floor and want the float to turn on...

I don't have a sump pit and want to put the float flat on the floor and want the float to turn on at 1/4-inch. The manufacturer says that the bottom of the float (I assume that is the actual float inside the black cage) has a "C-clip" in the bottom. So, the water level must get high enough to pass the C-clip, then lift the float; and the manufacturer says that this takes 3/4-inch water level. (So, I don't know why it's advertised at 1/4-inch water level to turn on float.) Anyway, is there some way to modify the float or the cage surrounding the float so that the float sits lower in the cage and so the float will activate at 1/4-inch water level? Thanks.
Asked by: Roberto
Because the bottom float sits on the bottom of the cage, resting the cage on the ground will activate the switch when there is 1/4 inch of water present. For more information, please contact our customer support team at 800-991-0466, option 3. We are available to take incoming calls from 9am - 5pm CT Monday through Friday.
Answered by: Glentronics
Date published: 2017-01-30

will this work on a 3/4 hp pump that draws 12 amps?

Asked by: Diyer
yes
Answered by: magnumrtawd
Date published: 2016-11-22
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Customer Reviews

Universal Dual Float Switch with Controller is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 69.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Designed to short cycle your pump This switch is not good for the application that it is advertised for. It causes pumps to short cycle which cuts the pump's life much shorter then it should last. This switch is decieving because it has two "floats", but both floats trigger the pump to turn on. The top float is only an "emergency backup" float. If you research proper sump pump operation, you will find that you want a pump to cycle on and off as little as possible. You want the pump to run for minutes and then rest for minutes; not run for ten seconds and rest for seconds. When a pump short cycles, it draws lock rotor amps each time it turns on. This not only waists a lot of energy, but also creates a lot of heat. This heat will cause your pump to trip it's thermal overload protection (if your pump has one). These overloads are only able to trip a few times before they go bad. This could cause your pump to stop working completely which will result in your basement flooding. If your pump does not have this thermal overload protection, it can literally seize up due to the excessive heat. A correct switch to use for a sump pump will have a way of turning the pump both on and off based on the water level, not a timer. You can use a float type switch or an electronic switch, but make sure that it has the ability to turn the pump on and off. It is also best to make sure your switch is able to lower the water level several inches (the more the better) because this equals a longer run time and a longer rest time before the pump is triggered again. Remember, the constant starting is what creates the heat (lock rotor amps LRA), not normal running (FLA/RLA). I have experience with this float and have since replaced it as well as my sump pump after only a year of use. A pump running correctly should last about five years.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I work at a water treatment plant and our most of our 21 remote pumping stations and storage tank... I work at a water treatment plant and our most of our 21 remote pumping stations and storage tank control pits are located underground. The older type float switches seem to loose their reliability after a few years of service and then the sump pits start to back up and flood the stations creating quite a surprise on our bi-weekly station checkups. For the last six months this float has worked flawlessly at one of our pits; I particularly like the redundancy of the second float in case the first float switch fails. I like this product so much that this is my second purchase (buying two more) of this product.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the greatest objection to this product is that the conversion/switch unit is over designed and ob... the greatest objection to this product is that the conversion/switch unit is over designed and obsessiveness overweight for a vertical receptacle. With today's technology it should be reasonable to expect that this could be significantly downsized and weight reduced.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is my second one in 10 years. The old... This is my second one in 10 years. The old one was just acting funny, so I replaced it. This hasn't failed me since I first started using them. Will get another one in the future if this one goes south!
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the best product to keep your basement dry This is the best product to keep your basement dry
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 Star Review Rating provided by a verified purchaser
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from That shzt pumped my sump real good!!!!... That shzt pumped my sump real good!!!!
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from works well,easy to hook up.... works well,easy to hook up.
Date published: 2017-03-14
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