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Are you looking for a Heavy Duty Backup Sump Pump? Are you concerned when those heavy rains come that the electricity will fail or your primary sump pump will fail and your battery backup sump pump will not be able to handle the deluge of water coming into the pit? Have you looked in the stores and checked online and cannot find a battery backup pump that pumps enough water during an electrical outage?
Because we need a heavy duty backup sump pump, we are sharing our research findings with you and what we found that works for us. We do hope the following information will be helpful for you too.
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The following information will identify the battery backup sump pumps and water powered backup pumps with greatest pumping capability and explain why they are not heavy duty backup pumps.
Then we will share the solution we found so we can say with confidence we have a heavy duty backup sump pump system installed. We share what a power inverter is, how it works, how easy it is to install and what heavy duty sump pumps can be used with it.
Click on a specific topic if you wish to go there immediately, otherwise scroll down the page to read more about heavy duty backup pumps.
Just what does Heavy Duty Backup Sump Pump mean?
A heavy duty backup sump pump is for those who get a lot of heavy rain storms and know the electricity may go out or the primary pump may fail during such storms. It is for those who live in constant fear of a flooded basement. That was us.
The Fear Of A Flooded Basement
The fear of a flooded basement is real and so are the effects. Flooded basements can develop musty mold and certainly ruin personal belongings.
Many years ago before we installed a power inverter and an extra sump basin, we panicked every time it rained and double panicked when the electricity went out during a heavy rainstorm. We would sleep in the basement with our 5 gallon pails and flashlights ready for action. We still remember the time when the basin was just ready to overflow because the backup pump could not keep up and then the electricity can on. We felt 30 years younger.
It was that event that caused us to take action so we would never have to live in fear again when buckets of rain came.
There are two types of backup sump pumps on the market: the battery backup sump pump and the water powered sump pump. Both types are reviewed for their pumping capability.
The most powerful battery backup sump pumps are these three.
The rest of the most popular battery backup sump pumps cannot even pump as much as a one-third horse power pump.These battery backup sump pumps are the following.
The following two battery backup sump pumps can pump a lot of water, but they are no longer available for being made. the Wayne ESP45 which pumps at 40 GPM and 2,400 GPH at a ten foot vertical height the Hydro pump DH1800 which pumps at 44 GPM and 2,680 GPH.
Water powered backup pumps are talked about a lot today and recommended by plumbers, so we checked them out. We were very disappointed. Even the best water powered backup pumps cannot pump as much as a one-half horse power primary sump pump.
Here are the most powerful water powered sump pumps.
So what is a home owner who has more than 2,000 gallons of water entering the sump basin during a heavy rainstorm to do?
We continued to look for a solution. Then finally we found a heavy duty backup sump pump system solution that works.
Our Discovery - A Heavy Duty Backup Sump Pump System
We discovered the Sumpro 75 Power Inverter and installed it in 2004 without incident. The Sumpro Model 75 uses two batteries and can run a 3/4 HP or 1 HP electric pump as long as the pump requires less than 15 amps which most electric driven sump pumps do.
The Sumpro is very dependable and the only maintenance required is two new batteries every 5 to 10 years.
Four years ago when we had a 7 inch rainstorm in 2 days we were so glad we had a Sumpro installed because the amount of water to be pumped took 4 sump pumps. One of our pumps failed but we were prepared for the worst and our basement did not flood. The Sumpro power inverter ran our one-half horse power primary pump which is much more durable and powerful. Our basement is completely finished so the amount we invested in the Sumpro is so much less than the cost of losing personal belongs and remediating a flooded basement. Even flood insurance is more expensive.
The following information explains how the Sumpro power inverter works, how it is installed and what sump pumps can be used with it.
Learning about the Sumpro will provide a great understanding of the other power inverter brands we include below because they operate the same way.
Here Is What The Sumpro Or Any Auxiliary Power Unit is.
There are six major components to a power inverter.
The Sumpro Model 75 and Sumpro 100 are easy to install.
No additional piping or wiring is required; however a dedicated wall socket is necessary.
The power head and the battery box should be placed on a heavy duty stand since the unit weighs around 100 pounds. 2x4 studs make a good, strong stand.
When installing, place the sumpro unit on the stand. Face the front of the unit and proceed with the following steps.
The following video provided by Sumpro shows the complete installation process - from removing it from the box to activating it for usage.
Any primary submersible or pedestal sump pump can be used with the Sumpro 75 or Model 100 also long as they use 15 amps or less. The manufacturer's manual will indicate how many amps are used for your installed primary sump pump. There are many options for the homeowner.
Here are some of the heavy duty sump pump options.
Do you need a backup pump system that has as much pumping capacity as a 1/2 HP or greater primary sump pump? The Sumpro Model 75 and Model 100 or any power inverter with 1800 watts will support a 1/2 HP, 3/4 HP and even a 1 HP primary sump pump when the pump require less than 15 amps to operate.
Do you prefer to use your favorite sump pump model as a backup sump pump? The Sumpro Model 75 and Model 100 allows you to use your favorite electric sump pump as a backup sump pump. The only limitation is that the pump used must require less than 15 amps to run. 3/4 HP and 1 HP sump pumps require less than 15 amps to run.
Do you want a backup pump system that is dependable? The Sumpro will provide a consistent level of power until the batteries are completely depleted.
Do you need a backup pump system that will power a heavy duty sump pump and provide continuous run time power for 7 - 12 hours? Two additional batteries can be added to the system with the purchase of an additional battery box and jumper cables for less than $200 to double the continuous run time.
I was leery of buying the Sumpro because I thought converting DC to AC was wasting too much power. But I had the dilemma that I needed a heavy duty backup sump pump. I bought the Sumpro. It does work. I have a 3/4 HP primary pump plugged into it. It has never had to run over 1 hour when the electricity was out. It ran my pump just fine. Just listening to it as my pump ran on its power made me feel that it is very dependable. I am glad I bought it now.
The Sumpro is very pricey. However, since I bought it I have talked with several plumbers and they say only good things about it. Plumbers highly recommend it. I needed a heavy duty backup system. This is a good unit.
I read the manual and decided to install the Sumpro myself. It was easy to install. I already had a dedicated wall socket. The unit is very heavy, but since the power head and battery box came unattached I was able to handle it. I set the battery box and power head on a stand I made from 2x4's. I made the stand high enough so I could easily access it for battery service. I put the batteries in the heavy duty battery box, hooked up the cables, plugged the Sumpro in, plugged my electrical sump pump into the Sumpro and that was about it. I am glad I bought it. Now I can have peace of mind that I have a powerful enough sump pump to keep up with the water flowing into our sump pit if the electric power goes out when the heavy rains come.
I can say that the Sumpro is a great unit. I purchased it 10 years ago and it is still functioning very well. This is a very effective solution for someone who has heavy rainfall when the electricity fails. It has been used seven times during the past 10o years. It runs so well with my 3/4 HP primary electric sump pump. As a plumber I highly recommend this backup system solution.
The Sumpro works flawlessly. It has a great charging system and provides me peace of mind. Initially I bought AGM batteries. They did not last long and cost a lot. Now I use cheaper 120 amp deep cycle batteries that require my adding distilled water every few months. My 3/4 HP sump pump is plugged into it. When utility electrical power is available my pump uses the utility electrical power; however when utility electricity fails, the transfer switch automatically switches the electrical sump pump to start automatically. This is a powerful, great backup system.
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Model 100 ION Sumpro 100 Power Inverter with 2 Batteriers 100AH Deep Cycle Maintenance Free AGM Batteries, Auto transfer switch, Gauged Steel Power head with Gauged Box for two batteries, delivers up to 1800 watts of 120v AC electrical power for Sump Pumps using 15AMPS or less, Delivers up to 3600 watts of surge capacity, Automatic Charger and Battery Monitoring System, No emissions, no exhaust, no moving parts, silent operation, Automatic Transfer to/from backup power, LCD screen for real-time monitoring, 3 Yr. Warranty
P20397 Sumpro 120 AH AGM Maintenance Free Battery For Sumpro 100, 12 Volt Size Rating Group 31 Size L x W x H 12.95 in. X 6.85 in. X 8.43 inch. Weight: 76 lbs, Terminal Type B threaded copper Bolt Size M6, Simply connect a battery or batteries to your backup system without having to perform monthly maintenance. The Power+ battery is completely sealed and spill-proof with no risk of exposure to hazardous chemicals.
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Platinum 100 Sumpro Power Inverter Includes (2) 3/4 HP Primary Sump pumps, Stainless Steel Housing Cast Iron base, Sumpro 100 Power Inverter Supports 15 AMP running sump pump, 4,440 GPH at 10 Foot Vertical Height, Input Voltage: AC, Output Voltage: DC / AC, Ion Genesis controller monitors all pump activity, including pump running current, pump trending, and self testing without having to access the basin. Batteries Not Included
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PumpSpy BU-2000, Automatically switches over to battery power when AC power goes out. Needs 1 Deep Cycle AGM Battery, Generates a Pure Sine Wave 120 VAC voltage, Automatically recharges a battery When AC Power is restored with a 5 Amp built-in charger (will take over a day to recharge), 2000 Watt output is enough to power two primary sump pumps simultaneously (with a combined current draw not exceeding 16.6 Amps), Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, 3 Year Warranty
?1622PS SEC America 1800 Watt battery backup, Designed to operate most 3/4 Hp sump pumps; comes with indicators for power output, battery charge, & battery depeltion, COMPACT & DURABLE: Housed in rugged aluminum, Can be easily installed - no extra plumbing or wiring needed; it offers a silent & clean operation, Battery not cincluded connect a 12Volt deep cycle marine battery with a capacity rating between 90 & 200 ampere hours; battery cables included, rating 4.7 out of 5 stars, 2 year warranty.
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