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Basement Watchdog Universal Dual Float Switch with Controller
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Basement Watchdog

Universal Dual Float Switch with Controller

$34.97 /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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how long does it run/provide power to pump

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January 13, 2016
if you had a larger area would it remain on until you hit the lowest activation level?
from below it is difficult to tell
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July 14, 2015
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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.
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June 12, 2016
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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.
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February 16, 2016
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The float switch for this unit is electronically controlled, I believe, simply times out.. counts down to zero.. sufficient for the typical application in a sump pump area. If you have a steady stream of water being accumulated for two contiguous days nonstop, then you have a drainage problem. Steady state running, over an extended period of time, could burn out your pump motor. Increasing sump reservoir Read More
The float switch for this unit is electronically controlled, I believe, simply times out.. counts down to zero.. sufficient for the typical application in a sump pump area. If you have a steady stream of water being accumulated for two contiguous days nonstop, then you have a drainage problem. Steady state running, over an extended period of time, could burn out your pump motor. Increasing sump reservoir capacity may be impractical and although float range is somewhat limited for this particular unit, it does seem to be reliable and adequate for many installations. Read Less
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February 1, 2016
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The switch will allow the pump to be run for 10 seconds, but is easily adjustable to desired height for activation. Please contact us directly if you are in need of further assistance.
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January 27, 2016
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This item last 10 seconds.
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If the float switch is placed upright on the floor, what level of water on the floor will activate the float switch?

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Thank you for your question. We are the manufacturer of this product and are happy to help. To answer your questions the level is ¾ of an inch to activate the pump since the bottom is not flat it has a c-clip. Within the stem, the float only need a ¼ of an inch rise to activate but not if its sitting on the floor because it has a small piece of plastic so it does not sit flat. Technically you can put it Read More
Thank you for your question. We are the manufacturer of this product and are happy to help. To answer your questions the level is ¾ of an inch to activate the pump since the bottom is not flat it has a c-clip. Within the stem, the float only need a ¼ of an inch rise to activate but not if its sitting on the floor because it has a small piece of plastic so it does not sit flat. Technically you can put it on the floor of the pit but it’s not going to be useful if it’s in a regular sump pit because then it will activate with only ¾ of an inch of water unless it is being used in a different application. Please contact us directly at 800.991.0466 ext 3 for tech support. We are available M-F 9-5 CST. Read Less
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It takes about a 1/4" of water to activate the switch.
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It takes about a 1/4" inch of water to activate the switch.
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failing float switch

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My float switch (10 y/o pump, new with the house) has gotten stuck on twice. Once a couple years ago and again yesterday. Both times I was home and heard it running. The float goes up and down just fine, but the switch is apparently gummed up and doesn't turn off. I unplug it and move the float up and down repeatedly and it. Both times it has worked, but it got me thinking I need to do something.

Is this product a solution for me? I hate to replace a good pump. Would I need to, or should I disable the current float if I were to use this product?
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June 12, 2016
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Your best solution may be to switch to a pump that includes a floating switch mechanism. Such pumps are readily available at Home Depot both in store and online.
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Yes it sounds like the switch is the issue here. If you would like additional assistance with trouble shooting we would be happy to help.You can contact us at 800.991.0466 ext M-F 9-5 CST and one of our tech support staff will be able to assist you.
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February 10, 2016
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Ah yes, magnetic no doubt. Pretty good design but it does have a tendency to "gum up" sometimes..You can try disassembling and cleaning but I used the Basement watchdog UNIVERSAL DUAL FLOAT SWITCH WITH CONTROLLER , it's a decent unit and very reasonable.. do yourself a favor and check it out! A little Peace of mind is worth this relatively small price!
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will this work on a 3/4 hp pump that draws 12 amps?

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A 12 Amp pump will work fine with this Dual Float Switch with Controller. Please contact us directly for more information at 800-991-0466 ext. 3 for customer support. We are available to take incoming calls from 9am - 5pm Central Time Monday through Friday.
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The Watchdog Universal Dual Float Switch with Controller is rated at 15 amps so it should be able to handle your 12 amp pump with ease. I have been happy with my Basement Watchdog Switch/Controller.
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Customer Reviews

Universal Dual Float Switch with Controller is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 56.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Overall I like the basement watchdog sump pump, but I'm on my 3rd float, and in need of a 4th flo... Overall I like the basement watchdog sump pump, but I'm on my 3rd float, and in need of a 4th float within 4-5 years time.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Some times it does not trigger even when the water level rises above the float. Have to wiggle th... Some times it does not trigger even when the water level rises above the float. Have to wiggle the cable to make it work. Luckily, I have an alarm. Not satisfied with the build.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from product works great until it sits for a while then the slide gets gummed up and the pump runs con... product works great until it sits for a while then the slide gets gummed up and the pump runs constantly burning up the pump!!
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It works great so far. I was pleased to find the small diameter of the float. Great for a crowde... It works great so far. I was pleased to find the small diameter of the float. Great for a crowded sump.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Basement watchdog This product is great. It saved my basement from flooding. It is super easy to install.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from worked as described worked as described
Date published: 2016-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from what a saver i purchased this to get rid of the previous switch which need to float to a certain level that made me uncomfortable. the DUAL-FLOAT SUMP PUMP SWITCH can be set at any level you want it without having to dig further down and if one float wont do the trick there is a back up float that will. I purposely jammed the first float (i dont recommend anyone do this) and the second float activated the pump while the water was still at a safe level. This has made me comfortable enough to the point i dont have to go downstairs to the basement and look in on the pump to make sure its been activated.
Date published: 2013-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy Installation , No clog or mess since i installed it. Never buy a loose float type switch , always go mounted Vertical switch for both ejector pumps and sump pumps. I had to learn this the hard way.
Date published: 2016-01-24
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