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Basement Watchdog

Model BWC1

Internet #202042665

Store SKU #541895

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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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Cords

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How long is the AC cord ? Does the controller plug in to your AC outlet then connect to the float unit with another cable and the pump plug into the controller outlet? The pictures don't really show them well.
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The Basement Watchdog Universal Dual Float controller plugs directly into your AC socket. The primary pump’s power cord plugs into the receptacle on the front of the controller. The wire going from the controller to the dual float switch is 10' long. 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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Installing the Basement Watchdog Dual Float Switch is straight forward. What you are referring to as the power cord actually connects the float mechanism directly to the controller and is 10' long. The controller plugs into a power outlet via the three prong plug on the back of the controller box -no cord. The pump you are wishing to control then plugs into the outlet on the front of the controller box.
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Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 50 reviewers.
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by UNIVERSAL DUAL FLOAT SWITCH WITH CONTROLLER Very easy to install Seems useful product. Works OK so far. May 17, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Would not purchase again When float moves within 1/4" the unit operates, but only stays on for 5 seconds. Will not clear the sump basin. Had to purchase another one that works correctly May 10, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Basement Watchdog Universal Dual Float Switch with Controller Works great Just wished it had an adjustable on time beyond the 10 second timer. April 19, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Did the teick A drop in replacement for the switch that was failing to shut off automatically. The original came with my sump pump and a big reason I purchased it. Fortunately i caught it before it damaged the pump and time will tell if this one lasts more than two years. March 15, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by replacement for bad switch does what I wanted it for as replacement for back up system March 23, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by What I've needed for all these years! Granted I haven't had it that long yet, but after replacing the float ball or lever type actuators every 6 -8 months this seems to be the ticket. Also really like 1) dual float contingency and 2) compact size. March 1, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Float Design! Product works as described, reasonably priced and prevented me from purchasing a new pump in which the old seems to be fine.. at least for now, thanks to this new unit ! I thank the Home Depot for having this innovative item available in store and Basement Watchdog for instilling confidence for the few brave souls out there who are up to the challenge of bypassing their existing float assemblies. February 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 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. January 23, 2016
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