Wayne ESP25 12 Volt Battery Backup Sump Pump
Having a backup sump pump that can be battery powered is critical during storms – where your electricity can easily be knocked out for hours or days at a time – and you still have a need to pump out the basement water. Nothing can be more frustrating that having the equipment you need, but nothing to power it! And since your homeowner’s insurance deductible is almost certainly higher than the cost of a good sump pump system, it only makes good sense to be prepared for power outages as well as storms.
Made out of reinforced thermoplastic – the Wayne ESP25 can pump up to 3,300 gallons per hour… and up to 2,300 gallons per hour straight up a 10 foot lift. Having a battery backed up sump pump that can handle a large volume of water is critical in storms… I know you aren’t going to tell me that your Electric Company is more reliable than mine in a storm!
The Wayne ESP25 uses a Reed float switch design that uses a very minimal travel area – meaning it will fit in smaller pits, and not have float hangups. This makes it easier to install, and gives a little bit more reliability. It’s also important to note that the Wayne ESP25 also keeps your battery properly charged, and comes with an alarm that keeps you informed.
Just one bit of bad news – the battery is not included, and although this backup sump pump will run on a 40ah 12v battery, I’d highly recommend that you spend the extra money and include the 75ah 12 battery. The 74 Amp Hour battery simply gives you more power for a longer period of time – and your home is worth the slight additional cost.
The technical specs on this ‘Wayne ESP25′ are:
- 2300-Gallons per hour at 10-feet of lift
- Corrosion resistant thermoplastic construction
- Alarm sounds to notify you when the backup system is active
- Requires one 40-ampere hour or one 75-ampere hour battery
- 1-Year limited warranty
So if you’re looking for a good backup system to add secondary protection during a power outage, the ESP25 Battery Backup Sump Pump from Wayne would be an excellent choice that you wouldn’t regret.
Zoeller M57 Mighty-Mate Basement Sump Pump
This is the product that plumbing & construction professionals recommend – it’s the ‘Cadillac’ of sump pumps, and you will be hard pressed to spend your money more wisely than this. Featuring the power to drive 2580 GPH at 5′, 2040 GPH at 10′, and 1140 GPH at 15′, this great Zoeller product also has a caste iron impeller – so if you have any chance of gravel, sand, or other solids getting sucked up by your sump pump – this is the one model that will stand up to such abuse.
If you don’t have to worry about solids getting sucked up – you can go with the somewhat lower-priced Zoeller M53, as the M53 doesn’t have the caste iron impellor. So the exact model you get will depend on your exact application and what you have to deal with. Both models are really great submersible sump pumps, and can be worth their weight in gold when a good storm hits. One feature I like is the fact that Zoeller didn’t go with any cheap sheet metal parts that can quickly corrode or rust out on you. With stainless steel screws, and a corrosion resistant powder coated epoxy finish, this sump pump is designed and well-built for the long haul.
The technical specs on this ‘Zoeller M57′ are:
- All cast iron construction – No screens to clog.
- Stainless steel screws, switch arm, guard and handle.
- Cast iron impeller
- Lower and upper bearings, oil fed, cast iron
- Cast iron impeller
- Oil-filled, hermetically sealed, automatic reset thermal overload protected motor
So if your willing to spend the money to buy the best sump pump you can get - to protect your home - you really can’t go wrong with a Zoeller M57. You’ll actually spend less money than the deductible on your home insurance policy – care to bet?
What type of battery should I use for a backup sump pump?
Yes, I believe it is a 12V pump.
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Where are the deep cycle batteries sold? I checked with Home Depot and they don’t carry them. A deep cycle marine battery is your best option!
Zoeller 507 Battery Backup Basement Sump Pump
Everyone invests their time, money, effort and other resources in converting a house in to a beautiful home. No one wants anything to damage their home. After all a home is a lifetime investment for people. Unfortunately, we still can’t control the weather, and if you have a basement, you know well the damage that a storm can cause… having a sump pump is a practical necessity.
There are many reasons for having a backup water sump pump as well – having a power outage during a storm is only the most obvious, but you could also have your primary sump pump fail due to damage, a mechanical malfunction (such as an aging switch), obstructions in the pit, or even simply when the primary pump can’t keep up due to too much water.
Now, there is one thing to consider – the battery is not included. This means that the total cost must include the purchase of a good 12v battery to use with this water sump pump. Zoeller makes an excellent battery for use with this unit, and will extend their normal 12 month warranty to 36 months if you purchase and use their ‘Aquanot’ battery (as well as return the warranty card to Zoeller – of course!).
The technical specs on this ‘Zoeller 507-0005′ are:
- 10 Amp Battery Recharger
- Burnout and Overcharge protection
- Fully solid state automatic controller with alarm
- Reliable low voltage float switch
- Battery Case made from noncorrosive polyethylene
- Battery is not included
Basement sump pumps are essential today to lead a worry free life and to protect your investment from water damage. Things like rain, defect in the water pipe, overflow of water, storms, high water tables, etc can happen anytime. It is important to keep preventative measures in place to avoid costly water damage repairs.
What is a Sump Pump?
A sump pump is a suction pump designed to remove groundwater from a structure and to displace it to the outside, away and as far from the structure as possible.
The pump is typically installed inside of a pit, otherwise known as a sump pit or catch basin. When installed properly, the sump pit will collect groundwater at the lowest point within the structure. The sump pump rests on the bottom of the pit and will be in direct contact with ground water. The pump is then connected to a plumbing pipe, otherwise known as a discharge pipe. The discharge pipe is connected to the sump pump and installed in a manner that will guide the groundwater to a location outside and away from the structure.
When in operation, it is not uncommon for the sump pump to be fully submerged by groundwater. When activated, the pump sucks the liquid from the pit and moves it (displaces it) to the connected discharge pipe. The pump stays in operation until a majority of the liquid is removed from the sump pit, however, does not remove all the liquid. Once the water is reduced to a manageable level within the pit, typically within 10-15 seconds, the sump pump turns off and sits idle in anticipation for pit to fill with water once again. The rate at which the sump pit will fill with water, thus requiring another discharge depends on the volume of groundwater at that specific location.
The most common application of a sump pump is to act as a water drainage device and is typically installed in residential basements and to prevent flooding. However, sump pumps can be installed anyplace else water drainage is required.
Battery backup for sump pump (sp?) or just get a generator ?
Recently, due to a bad storm, our power went out for 18 hrs and we ended up getting a lot of water in the basement cause our pump wasn’t powered. I’ve had some suggest having a battery backup pump … and some say “just get a generator”.
I’ve received estimates of $1,500.00 for the battery backup system……is that high ?
Would you consider both options? Install a battery backup to keep the pump running during short outages, but have a generator as well. If the power is out for only a few hours and you will be home to start the generator there will be no flooding. The generator can recharge the batteries while running.
You need to determine how often the sump pump operates in order to calculate the size of the battery backup needed. If you assume a maximum battery backup time of 12 hours and run the generator for the other 12 hours each day you could get through most outages.
$1500 seems rather high, but without more knowledge of the system and its capacity it is somewhat meaningless.
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How much would it cost to install a battery backup sump pump?
At HD, Lowe’s or plumbing supply house you can purchase the units from about $100 to $220 depending on how much and how fast you want to pump. The deep cycle/marine battery is usually separate and can range from $70 on up depending on the capacity. Additional materials shouldn’t be more than $20 for pipe and fittings (usually a check valve, sanitary tee and 1 90deg. elbow).
If you can read directions and are the least bit handy, you can install it yourself. Purchasing the unit yourself will save you a fair amount also. I’ve installed 2 in the past 3 weeks and I charge $100, do it in less than an hour and include pipe and fittings. I don’t know the labor rates in your area but if you have a relatively handy friend to help it is not difficult.
Suggestion: If you have a digital camera, take a picture of your current setup and take it when you go to purchase. Show it to the folks there and they should be able to set you up with everything at one time. Otherwise, get a mental picture or drawing of what you have, buy the unit and read the directions in the parking lot. Go back in and buy the parts.
What happens when a sump pump is shooting water out the top of the outside pipes?
My yard has a very damp area that I believe is being caused by my neighbors malfunctioning sump pump. You can hear the pump run and then water shoots out of the outside pipes on to the ground. My understanding is the water should be sent out a pipe into the water sewer. I believe this excess water is affecting the concrete in my yard. Any ideas?
Water from a sump pump is considered clear water/storm water and is not to be confused with sanitary sewer waste water.
Typically a sump pump will discharge onto the lawn. In most places actually its illegal to connect it to a sanitary sewer. But its also likely illegal for his pump discharge water to drain onto YOUR lawn. Talk to a city inspector and get an opinion based on the specifics of your situation.
On the other hand, if your yard is not properly sloped and you have a low spot, water will collect there one way or another and it is up to you to relandscape your yard to get better slope and drainage.
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