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Learn More About Water Powered Sump Pumps

To help you become more familiar with the Water Powered Backup Sump Pump manufactures, how the pumps work and how they compare we are providing a review by comparison including the following information.

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      Why are water powered sump pumps helpful?
      Who are the backup water powered manufactures?
      Information about each of the water powered sump pump manufacturers
      Review by comparison of manufacturers reveals similarities and differences
      Review by consumers indicates best sellers and best rated
      Read more reviews by consumers
      Features Comparison Table Water Powered Sump Pumps
      How To Determine Pumping Need
      How To Determine Water Pressure Pumping Capability
      See How the Liberty SJ10 Works And Is Installed
      See How the Basepump RB750 Works And Is Installed
      Quick Shop Links by Individual Water Powered Sump Pumps
 
 

Why Are Water Powered Pumps Becoming More Popular?

 

Water powered sump pumps have become more popular since Hurricane Sandy and the frequent, heavy rainstorms with long power outages in the eastern United States. Homeowner who are without electrical power for many days, know batteries will not last long enough to operate a battery backup system for several days even a couple of weeks, so they have looked for alternatives. The water powered pump provides an excellent alternamtive. They require no electricity or batteries.

The water powered sump is a great choice for those who have municipal water available in their home. These pumps just keep on pumping water from the basin as long as city water flows into the home. A major catastrophe will need to occur before municipal water is not available because cities also have backup power to keep water flowing during power outages.

 
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Who Are The Backup Water Powered Pump Manufactuerers?

Six water powered sump pump manufacturers have been identified: Liberty Pumps, Zoeller Pump Company, BasePump, Wayne, and BurCam. However, since Wayne, Flotec and Burcam are discontinuing their water powered sump pumps, the water powered sump pump leaders are Liberty Pumps, Zoeller Pumps and Base Products Corporation.

 
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Information About Each Of The Water Powered Sump Pump Manufacturers

Liberty pumps is located in Bergen, New York. It is a family owned company existing since 1965. They take quality seriously and test their pumps to ensure customer satisfaction. All parts and assembly occur in their New York manufacturing plant.

Zoeller Pump Company is located in Louisville, Kentucky. It is the oldest and largest pump manufacturer of electric sump pumps in the United States. It began in 1939 and still is a family-owned business. They take pride in quality and are proud to manufacturer, assemble and test their pumps in the United States.

Base Products Corporation is located in Tonawanda, New York. It was formed in 1999 and incorporated in 2002. Their pumps are built in the United States. They take pride in providing home owners with the best flooded basement protection.

Wayne Water Pumps was sold to Scott Fetzer Company in 1978. Wayne Water Pumps began as Wayne Home Equiment in 1928 and entered into the sump pump business in the 1940's by acquiring the Zepher Pump Company from Decatur, Illinois which was relocated to Fort Wayne, Indiana and in 1991 was moved to Harrison, Ohio where it currently resides. Wayne pump parts are imported; however the pumps are assembled in the United States.

Wayne has discontinued its water powered pump line.

Flotec is located in Delevan, Wisconsin and was purchased by STA-Rite in 1985. Flotec focuses on providing residential water management and therefore stocks their pumps in hardware stores. Flotec pumps are not all made in the United States. Flotec has discontinued its water powered sump pump product line.

Burcam is located in Laval (Quebec) Canada and owned by Burke Water Systems Manufacturing Incorporated. They began manufacturing pumps in 1978. These pumps are proudly made in Canada. Burcam has discontinued its 300402 water powered sump pump line.

 
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Manufacturers Water Powered Pumps Review By Comparison Reveals Similarities and Differences

FLOAT OPERATION

Liberty and Zoeller use a mechnically operated float. A visible float exists in the sump basin which rises as the water in the pit rises. When the water reaches the water powered pump float it mechanically operates the float which triggers a valve to open for the municipal water to begin flowing through the valve which begins ejector operation and suction of water from the pit.

The BasePump uses hydrolics to activate the float. When the float is activated a valve is opened to activate the float which is not visible in the sump pit to open for the municipal water to begin flowing through the valve which begins ejector operation and suction of the water from the pit.

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LOCATION OF VALVE AND EJECTOR

For Liberty and Zoeller, the valve and ejector are installed above the primary pump within close proximity of the top of the basin cover.
For BasePumps, the valve and ejector are installed on the room ceiling beam.
 

REMAINING WATER IN SUMP BASIN AFTER PUMP COMPLETES PUMPING CYCLE

Liberty and Zoeller systems remove water below the bottom of the water powered float.
The Basepump system remove sump water to the very bottom of the pit.
 

Municipal Water Usage To Remove Sump Basin Water

All manufacturers models use one gallon of municipal water to remove two gallons of sump pit water.

Municipal Water Pressure Required

Liberty performs at operating pressures from 20 to 100 PSI
Zoeller performs at operating pressures from 20 to 80 PSI.
Basepump performs at operating pressures from 40 to 90 PSI
 
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Water Alarms Included In Kit

Liberty SJ10A has a water alarm. SJ10 has no water alarm.
Zoeller 508-0005 has a water alarm and auto-dialer; 503-005 has no water alarm.
Basepump models all have water alarms.
 

Water Supply Line Size

Liberty, Zoeller, and Basepump model HB1000 pumps connect with 3/4 inch municipal water supply line.
Basepump model 750 connects with 1/2 or 3/4 inch municipal water supply line
Basepump model CB1500 connects to either 3/4 inch or one inch municipal water supply line.
 

Warranty

Basepumps have a 5 year warranty.
Liberty pumps have a 3 year warranty.
Zoeller pumps have a 1 year warranty
 
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Consumer Reviews Uncover Best Sellers and Best Rated

LIBERTY SJ10

Liberty SJ10 ranks as number one best selling and best rated water powered sump pump. In fact of all water pump types (submersible primary, battery backup and combination, utlity, pond, well, and pump accessories) it ranked number twenty-two in the top one hundred.

Consumers are impressed with the SJ10. Here are some of the reasons why: easy to install, great technical support from Liberty Pump technicians, the pump and its components are made in the USA, works perfectly and without electricity or battery.

Comsumers also offered a few tips. Here they are. Besure to install a backflow preventer. If you do not buy the model SJ10A which has an alarm, install your own water alarm. Several Sharkbite fittings are required and they are not cheap; however, the pump is worth the cost. Make sure to set the float higher than the float of your main pump so the water powered pump comes on only when the primary pump fails to operate.

ZOELLER 503-0005

Zoeller 503-0005 ranks as number two best selling water powered sump pump with average rating. In fact of all water pump types (submersible primary, battery backup and combination, utlity, pond, well, and pump accessories) it ranked number fourty-eight in the top one hundred.

Consumers and plumbers know Zoeller and therefore buy it. The Zoeller 503-0005 rates as average and does not rate as high as the Basepumps.

Consumers also offered a few tips. if you have problems installing, ask a capable plumber to do it; they are familiar with the installation and will eliminate the problems you are having. The location and height of the float is extremely important; make sure it is higher than the primary pump float and that the float does not touch anything. If the municipal water pressure is over 90 PSI, a pressure reducer can be installed.

BASEPUMP RB750 AND HB1000

Basepump RB750 and HB1000 do not rank in the top one hundred best selling water pumps and accessories; however they rank in the top two hundred.

Consumers are becoming more familiar with Base Products Corporation because of high ratings given by consumers. Consumers are impressed with the RB750 and HB1000 and even more so with the RB750-EZ which is the easiest to install. Consumers give Basepump high ratings.

Consumers also offered a few tips. These pumps are great if you have limited space in your pit basin. Installing a water hammer arrestor will decrease the loud noise when the pump shuts off. Some consumers want to hear the noise so they know the water powered pump ran. The manufacturers website is extremely helpful in clearing up any confusion regarding installation. Make sure to listen for the water alarm so you know when the pump is running because if a part should fail a lot of municipal water could be wasted and your water bill would go up.

 
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Read More Consumer Reviews For The Best Sellers and Best Rated Water Powered Backup Pumps

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Liberty Pumps SJ10 SumpJet consumer reviews will provide additional insight into what consumer think about the SJ10 which ranks as the Number One Best Seller. It ranks 4.6 out of 5 stars. The most appreciative consumers are those who have gone through Hurricane Sandy. Those who had installed the SJ10 did not have flooding in their basement. Jake stated, "When my sump pump runs in a heavy rain, it tends to go about once a minute for 10 seconds at a time. I have a lot of water to move, and was skeptical that a water powered pump would keep up. I was wrong. It did a wonderful job. Rather than quick cycles, I noticed it would kick on and run for several minutes at a time, but it still kept the water level below the top of the crock."
 
Zoeller 503-0005 Homeguard Max consumer reviews will give you more undertanding of what consumers think of the 503-0005. The 503-0005 does not rank as high as the SJ10 however Richard stated, "I installed this pump myself. I realized how important the pressure of the water in the supply line to the pump is and that it must be according to Zoellers manual. I did not have excessive pressure in the line; however if I would have I could have installed a pressure reducer. Overall I am happy and relieved I have a backup solution not reliant on electricity."
 
Liberty Pumps SJ10A SumpJet with Alarm consumer reviews helps consumers to understand if the alarm is worth the money. John states, "The water alarm sensor is permanently attached to the SJ10. The alarm starts when the main sump pump starts working. Therefore I would rather buy the SJ10 and a separte alarm which can be attached as I need it. Buying a separate alarm costs less. Having an alarm is helpful because I want to know when the SJ10 is running."
 
Basepump RB 750 consumer reviews provide consumer thoughts regarding the RB750 in comparison to the RB750-EZ. The RB750 ranks 4.7 out of 5 stars. Russell states, "Before I bought the RB750 I was skeptical that it would actually work. However, when I hooked it up and fired up the water supply, my attitude quickly turned to amazement because this thing works GREAT. As a test, I unplugged my primary sump pump and started filling the crock with water. The pump turned on and instantly started sucking water. I did some measuring and this thing emptied about 3 gallons out of the crock in 15-18 seconds, which actually does match the rating of the unit (750 gallons an hour). I am very happy. Now when we get those heavy rains for days on end I will not have to worry about getting a flooded basement."
 
Basepump RB 750-EZ consumer reviews show how much easier the RB750-EZ model is. If you are not experienced, it is best to install the RB750-EZ model. This model ranks 4.7 out of 5.0 stars. Edward states, "About 6 years ago, our basement flooded when our outlet to the sump pump went bad. Shortly after that, a neighbor who had two sump pumps (one on a battery backup) lost power during a storm and the backup pump battery failed and their basement was flooded. So I decided to look for something better as a backup. I found the RB750-EZ. The installation was strait forward and took a few hours of actual work (longer with planning). I did call support and found them very helpful. I can relax now. It works great."
 
Basepump HB1000 consumer reviews shows the HB1000 can remove more water from the pit than the RB750. The HB1000 ranks 4.3 out of 5 starts. Ben states, "We just had heavy rainstorm. Our power was out for 4 days. The rain that continued meant the Basepump HB 1000 had to run every 5 minutes to keep up with the peak water flow. It never missed a beat. The only negative was the loud water hammer when it shut off. As long as my basement did not flood I was happy. I will install an arrestor to the supply line sometime soon to reduce the water hammer."
 
Basepump HB1000-PRO consumer reviews show the HB1000-PRO has additional features. Ken states, "This kit comes with pretty much everything needed for the install. I only needed a couple of additional pvc elbows to connect it. The instructions were pretty clear, I really did not have any issue following them. The most difficult part of the install was adding a water line to reach the pump. I had a copper pipe close by, so it was simple to cut into and add a T joint. The pump kicks on and runs as expected, does a pretty good job of pushing water out quickly. We have not had an overflowing crock yet."
 
Basepump HB1000-AVB with Back-flow Prevention Vacuum Breaker consumer reviews indicate the advantage of the back-flow preventer vacuum breaker. This model rates 4.5 out of 5 stars. Johnson the plumber states, "I am a plumber with 12 years of plumbing behind me. I have installed many types of water backup pumps, but I must say this product is top notch. Until now I have never been much of a fan of water backups due to their design and unimpressive pump out rate. I must say this product is very well made and heavy duty. The design for installation is very straightforward to follow. What impressed me the most was watching it in action. I have never seen a water pump pump so fast. I love this product so much that I will be offering it instead of the usual backups I offered."
 
Basepump RB750-AVB with Back-flow Prevention Vacuum Breaker consumer reviews. The RB750-AVB ranks 4.4 out of 5 stars. Henry states, " During Hurricane Irene, the basin filled up every few minutes-- even a day or two after the storm had passed. While the traditional electric pump was able to keep up with the incoming water, I was glad I had this water pumpwhich does not depend upon a battery or electricity to run. I installed the model with the Atmospheric Vacuum Breaker. This model is to provide an additional protection to prevent contaminated sump water from leaking back into the homes water supply. The only drawback of the AVB model (aside from the additional cost) is that you cannot re-use the existing sump drain line-- instead, you need drill an additional hole from the basement to outside, and run a new 1" drain hose. I am still happy I installed this mdoel."
 
Basepump CB1500 consumer reviews. Tim says, "This water powered backup pump is really powerful. I had a contractor install it and it took three hours. It pumps out from 1,500 - 2,000 Gallons per Hour at 10 feet of lift. I checked how many gallons of water would fill a five gallon bucket in 20 seconds. We had more than 13 gallons per 20 seconds so it works for us. I am so glad I had this installed because I do not have to think about batteries or power outages."
 
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Features Comparison Table Water Powered Sump Pumps

All Liberty, Zoeller and Basepumps use 1 gallon municipal water to remove 2 gallons of sump pit water and are made from heavy duty corrosion resistant polypropylene
 
Model PSI Required GPH @ 10 FT with 50 PSI

 

Pump Package  Includes 

Alarm Included Warranty Water Line Size Price Range

Liberty Pumps SJ10

   &

Liberty Pumps SJ10A

20 to 100 825 GPH 

Ejector, Mounting clamps, Suction screen,
3/4" NPT Water Inlet Connection, Float Assembly

Excludes: PVC discharge fittings and piping or hoses, 3/4 inch supply line piping; you may want a better backflow preventer.

SJ10 No alarm

SJ10A Has alarm

Alarm Model #: 10-2613

3 years 3/4 inches

$159

 $180

Zoeller   503 20 to 80 950 GPH

Ejector, Mounting clamps, Suction screen, 
Float Assembly

Excludes: PVC discharge fittings and piping or hoses, Backflow preventor, 3/4 inch supply line piping and connectors

503-005 No alarm     

503-0007 Has alarm

1 year 3/4 inches

$136

$168

Base Pump RB750   

&

Base Pump RB750-EZ

   &

Base Pump RB750-AVB

40 to 90 825 GPH

Ejector One-way check valve, Mounting clamps, discharge relief tee, Cable ties, PVC fittings, Flexible discharge hose, Float assembly, Transfer tube, Suction screen, Water Alarm with 9 Volt battery and relay outputs

 

Model RB750-AVB has Backflow Prevention Vacuum Breaker

Yes  5 years  1/2 or 3/4 inches

$299$350

Base Pump   HB1000

    &

Base Pump   HB1000-PRO

      &

Base Pump   HB1000-AVB

40 to 90 1000 GPH

Ejector One-way check valve, Mounting clamps, discharge relief tee, Cable ties, PVC fittings, Flexible discharge hose, Float assembly, Transfer tube, Suction screen, Water Alarm with 9 Volt battery and relay outputs

Model HB1000-AVB has Backflow Prevention Vacuum Breaker 

Yes 5 years  3/4 inches

$389$460

Base Pump   CB1500

40 to 90 1600 GPH

Ejector One-way check valve, Mounting clamps, discharge relief tee, Cable ties, PVC fittings, Flexible discharge hose, Float assembly, Transfer tube, Suction screen, Water Alarm with 9 Volt battery and relay outputs

Yes 5 years

 3/4 inches

   or

1 inch

$410$460

 
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How To Determine Pumping Need

 
To determine what the pumping capability of your backup pump would need to be if your primary pump failed during a heavy rainstorm, find out how often your primary (electric) pump runs during a rainstorm.
 
If your primary pump runs less than every four minutes, the Liberty SJ10, Zoeller 503-0005 or Basepump RB750 series will probably be sufficient.
 
If your primary pump runs less than every two minutes and 30 seconds, Zoeller 503-0005 or Basepump HB1000 series will probably be sufficient.
 
If your primary pump runs more than every two minutes, the Basepump CB1500 will probably be sufficient.
 
You cannot use a smaller pump than what your pumping need is.
 
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How To Determine Water Pressure Pumping Capability

 
To determine how much pumping capability your municipal water supply is capable of, find out how long it takes to fill a five gallon bucket. Take a five gallon bucket to an outside sprocket. Monitor how many seconds it takes.
 
If it takes as long as 40 seconds to fill the five gallon bucket, your municipal water supply can probably only handle the Liberty SJ10, Zoeller 503-005 and Basepump RB750 Series.
 
If it takes up to 30 seconds to fill the five gallon bucket, your municipal water supply can probably handle as much flow as the Basepump HB1000 Series.
 
If it takes less than 20 seconds to fill the five gallon bucket, your municipal water supply can probably handle a water pump with as much flow as the CB1500 can pump.
 
You cannot use a larger pump than what your municipal water supply pressure can handle.
 
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See How the Liberty SJ10 Works And Is Installed

 
The Liberty SJ10 is easy to install. Reading the manual and seeing someone do the install makes your task easier. Note the various steps. Watching how someone installs the SJ10 will help you understand the maufacturers instructions. It is not as hard as you think to install.
 
 
 

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See How The Basepump RB750 Works And Is Installed

 
The Basupump RB750 is easy to install. Following the Installation Guide and watching someone install it makes your task easier. Note the various steps. The installation for the BasePump is different from the Liberty or Zoeller water powered sump pumps. The RB750-EZ is the easiest model to install.
 
 
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