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Q. "How reliable are both of these pumps?"
A. The battery-powered unit is made by well-known Little Giant Pump Manufacturing, a company that's been in business for a very long time. We have sold many of these units, and have not heard of any problems with them. As most people are aware, batteries generally only last 3-5 years. The better the battery is that you install, the more energy and reliability you will have due to the quality of the battery. We recommend you purchase and install the best battery that you can afford.
The water-powered unit is made by Zoeller, another well-respected company that specializes in pumps and related products.
Q. "Are there any negatives to installing either of these pumps?"
A. Generally, a backup sump pump doesn't produce as much volume. Also, any pump that sits for a number of years without being used could be stuck (rare but it happens). We suggest you turn on these pumps for a few minutes before each rainy season to make sure all is ok.
Q. "What does potential output for the water powered pump consist of?"
A. Output is the amount of water being removed from the sump-pump not including the amount of water being used to operate the pump. The pump uses an equal amount of water input for operation so the actual discharge amount is double the output rating.
Output rated at: 125 gph
Input amount: 125 gph
Discharge (total) 250 gph
Q. "Anything else I should know before purchasing these?"
A. The HOME GUARD® comes with a water check valve; however, in a number of states, when you're obtaining your permit you may also be required to install a legally approved 3/4" double check valve device when connecting the HOME GUARD® to your water supply. Because potable water is directly connected to the HOME GUARD® (which could have non potable water in it), many codes and municipalities require an additional, special back flow prevention device be installed. The check valve that comes with the HOME GUARD® is a type of back flow prevention device, but many municipalities and codes do not recognize that style as "approved". We recommend you check with your local building department and, if required, also purchase a 3/4" double check valve assembly from us. We always recommend a double check valve, but if you won't be using one then we hope that you will at least install a quality 3/4" swing or spring check valve.
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