Thanks for answering my question regarding prices for backup sump pump installation. I live in the town of Old Bridge, N.J. My house backs to woods where a small river runs through. Our house is positioned on higher ground, but I'm sure the water table is fairly high in our area. Our water is supplied by the city. I've lived here for only a year now - and a few weeks ago was the first time the power went out. There were very strong winds that day and a lot of rain (you probably heard about the flooding that went on in some areas of New Jersey on the news). Flooding wasn't really such a problem over in my area, thank God.
I work in Elizabeth, and had called a company from the phone book - they quoted me $750 by phone, even when I told them I had already bought the pump! I'm assuming this is a total rip off? If I call a company over here, and they say around the same amount, how can I haggle with them in terms of price? I usually use A. Bailey Plumbing, they do a good job, but they tend to charge quite a bit for the smallest things.
I was thinking of purchasing the Watchdog 1730 GPH battery operated backup pump. The battery is supposed to last for 7.5 hours continuously, or intermittently for days. I believe it costs around $229. What do you think about this pump?
You mentioned that a pump powered by water is best - could you tell me how that works? My current main pump isn't situated near any water lines - it situated in a corner ****hest away from the hot water heater/clothes washer/etc.. How would it get connected? Also, will our water bills go up if I were to install a water powered one?
If you could get back to me by email, I would appreciate it, as I can't check my fax till Monday.