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[This message has been edited by Matches (edited August 22, 2001).]
Home Depot sells the Basement Watchdog W/Battery Backup for about $450, give or take. It's the ENTIRE set-up.
As Matches said, you need to know the specs of the pump first before you buy. Depending on how much water is pumped, and how high, and how often, and so on, that will determine how long the battery lasts.
Go to The Basement Watchdog WEB Site for info on THEIR pump. There are other battery backup pumps out there. I know what you're saying about gasoline generators. I'm not sure I want the generator coming on and off every time there's a short power outage. And where some folks live, they're common occurrances! This type of 'usage' would wear a generator down. They operate best when there are INFREQUENT outages and when they're actually 'long-lived'.
Those are my thoughts. My best to ya and hope this helps.
Jay J -Moderator
2 Years ago, in September 1999, I was on vacation about 3 hours from home. If I had a gas-powered generator backing up my sump pump, I'd have had to have someone turn it on for me. Well, that was the last thing I wanted! What if the 'backup' to the 'backup battery' was out to dinner? What if it was the middle of the night? And so on. Hence, the battery backup made the most sense, for me.
I do realize that the gas generators have their place. Today, homes can be wired (or re-wired) such that the generator only powers up certain 'appliances' during an outage. Not that I'm worried about how my neighbors 'feel' about the generator coming on and such, but gas generators are noisy and 'smell'. EVEN on a good day, I'd probably send my neighbors to the hospital for overdosing on CO, or I'd send them to the Funny Farm due to that DRONING noise of the generator.
As Matches said, gas generators are BEST used when you're home. Since OUR power is very reliable and I'm only concerned about the sump pump (not the fridge or the TV or the like), I opted for a battery. It lets me sleep at night, even when I'm not at home.
The battery isn't good forever. You will have to replace it after a number of years. This is normal since the cells DO go weak. But, to you and me, that's $$$ well spent!
My best to ya and hope this helps.
Jay J -Moderator
PS: In short, you should evaluate the quality of your power, the 'needs' for 'constant power' in the home (if any), and how your 'backup' (battery or generator) will 'play out' when you're home AND when you're NOT home ...
[This message has been edited by Jay J (edited August 23, 2001).]