The Backup Sump Pumps Designed to Excel!

Do You Need a Backup Sump Pump?

Most homeowners insurance policies do not cover damage from ground water flooding. If your sump pump fails, you are on your own!

Replacing your furnace, hot water heater, washer and dryer, walls, carpeting, furniture, and all the important stored “stuff” would cost you tens of thousands of dollars. (The average cost of a mid-range basement remodeling project was $61,011 in 2008-2009 according to the Remodeling Magazine). Moreover, serious flooding may require professional mold remediation in the basement or even the entire house.

A back-up sump pump is an inexpensive flood insurance. They are fully automatic and will take over during a power outage or whenever the primary pump fails or cannot keep up for any reason.

Why Has My Sump Pump Failed?

Top 10 Reasons Why Sump Pumps Fail
1) Float switch broken or stuck 2) Power outage (usually during a heavy storm)
3) Too much water overwhelming the pump 4) Tripped circuit breaker or a blown fuse
5) Clogged sump pump intake screen 6) Pump tripped against over-heating, or burned out (sump too small)
7) Sump pump humming but not pumping (air-locked) 8) Broken pump impeller or drive shaft
9) Sump pump jammed by mud or a stone 10) Clogged or frozen sump pump discharge

Why to Choose the Hi & Dry™ Back-Up Sump Pump

Unlike other back-up sump pumps, Hi & Dry pumps are located out off the sump water to avoid the grime, debris, and corrosion inside the sump pit and provide superior reliability and service life. No need to replace the pump every five years or so, unlike the pumps sold in stores. Their pumping capacity is much larger than store-sold pumps.

Hi & Dry pumps do not interfere with the primary sump pump or its float inside the sump pit. Particularly suitable for today's tighter basins. An easy do-it-yourself installation by homeowners or contractors.

You can choose from two completely different design concepts:

  • Battery backup sump pumps
  • Water-powered backup sump pumps

What, in the world, is a water-powered pump? It works on a well-proven high school principle. When municipal water blasts through a Venturi nozzle ("ejector"), the pressure drop inside the nozzle draws in water from the sump like through a giant soda straw. It does not depend on electricity or batteries, and there are no rotating parts to break. The pump is like a permanent fixture, expected to last 25 years or longer.

If you occasionally have a really heavy water inflow, take advantage of the mighty FloodWatch 3000, the powerhouse among backup sump pumps. Also available as a primary pump or as a secondary (back-up) sump pump.

Hi & Dry™ backup sump pumps
Water-powered backup sump pumps Battery backup sump pumps
  • Run infinitely during a power outage.
  • No batteries. No moving parts. 5-Year Limited Warranty!
  • Requires basic plumbing skills to connect municipal water supply.
  • Run up to 4 or 8 days depending on the pumping cycles.
  • The easiest installation – place and connect to the discharge piping.
water-powered backup sump pump battery backup sump pump
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FloodWatch Backup Sump Pump – the Powerhouse

Outperforms most primary pumps – 3,000 GPH at 10-ft. lift. Ready for the "once-in-a-century" storm that are now happening every few years. Designed for heavy water flows in homes or in commercial and industrial applications like hotels, hospitals, and churches.

High capacity and reliability at an unbeatable price - guaranteed! Save hundreds $$$! A thermoplastic/aluminum pump with high-grade float and auxiliaries. Widely adjustable vertical float switch. Small footprint for tight pits. Alarm. Except for battery, a complete D-I-Y installation kit as a backup sump pump.

Also available in kits for installation as a primary or secondary sump pump. Or install both pumps as a high-power sump pump duo. Check it out at FloodWatch sump pump.

Back-Up Sump Pumps Sold in Stores

Cheap but unreliable. Like having a spare tire that may be flat when needed. Installed inside the sump pit. Interference with the primary pump and its float. Low pumping capacity. An unreliable float switch. Short service life 2-3

Any Alternatives to a Backup Sump Pump?

Electric generators
Most have no automatic switch and somebody has to be around to turn the generator on. Due to toxic emissions, they have to be located outside but when exposed to rain and snow, they do not last long. Some homeowners have cheated by placing them in a garage but with tragic consequences.

You would have to buy the very expensive automatic model (several $1,000s) to keep your sump pump running when you are away. The generator's capacity is limited, usually designed to run just the fridge, a TV, and a few lights. You have to hire a plumber to connect natural gas and an electrician to re-wire the panel. But, worst of all, it is only a partial solution – it will not help at all in about 50% of pump failures when the pump itself or its float fail.

Battery back-up units convert the direct current from a battery into AC to power the existing sump pump. Quite expensive and this solution also remains dependent on the same old sump pump and its float working.