Follow up to Four Pillar's homeowners post: re: sump pumps.
by Papa Burgundy (2013-07-23 09:22:45)
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I'm looking for recommendations for battery backup sump pumps. Unfortunately, the price range is from $150 - $500. Do I really need to spend the money for a higher-end backup or can I get away with getting a low priced option?




We installed a water-powered backup
by volley  (2013-07-23 10:19:44)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

The pump was less than $200 and I had a friend of a friend install it for about $100. If there's a water line close to your sump, it's not really too tricky to install.


This is the way to go if you have the pressure.
by ndroman21  (2013-07-23 10:35:54)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

A battery requires a homeowner to check its status, and in an extended flooding situation, will eventually run out.

A water-powered system will always work. Unless there's a problem with the float.


My Basement Watchdog saved me last month.
by rick  (2013-07-23 09:31:38)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

I think it cost about $200, and we installed it ourselves. Bought it at Home Depot.
Power was out for about 6 hours while we were away. My neighbor got at least 6 inches of water, and my basement was dry.
Lots of the cost is in the battery. I think a replacement battery costs close to $100 plus another $20 for the acid pack. Batteries have to be replaced every few years.


Ditto this.
by Blue Jogger  (2013-07-23 10:24:46)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

It's an afternoon project. Guy at the HD just threw all the parts I needed into the cart. Replace the battery every 3-4 years. Probably a good idea to keep a spare as well. We had a massive storm here where we lost power for 16h and burned out the battery. The battery shelves at the hardware stores were bare the next day.


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