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Basement Watchdog Sump Pump Water Alarm

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Extremely Sensitive
Detects water only 1/32" deep when the alarm is placed on floor

6-Foot Sensor
Install it into sump pump pits to warn of potential problems

Wall Mountable
Attach to wall near hot water heaters, sinks or other areas

110-Decibel Alarm
Loud alarm can be heard throughout the house

Battery Saver
Keeps 9-volt battery fresh longer


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Overview
Weight
1 Pound
Consumer Warranty
5 Years
UPC
717301121302
Model
BWD-HWA
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  2 Questions
Q: What is the best sump pump alarm?
by Eric from Minnesota on May 15, 2012

A: Well, that can be a matter of opinion. Our best selling sump pump alarm right now is the Basement Watchdog model BWD-HWA, which is a basic alarm with a sensor. The Superior Pump Universal Sump & Sewage Pump Alarm System model 92060 is a little different style of alarm and can be used in both sump & sewage pump applications and is our #2 best selling alarm. If you are looking for a little more in an alarm system, the Protected Home Deluxe FreezeAlarm & Dialer model FA-D2 coupled with the Protected Home WaterSiren Plus model WS-04 will give you protection with extreme high or low temperatures and potential flooding by sounding an alarm AND calling up to 3 different phone numbers with a pre-recorded alert message. This system also has other capabilities when coupled with optional equipment such as a special second thermostat in your home. Please note that this system does require a land based phone system to carry out the call alerts.
by Jim, Product Expert
Q: Jim, are there any sensors that can detect water or moisture in the surrounding area? Like a five foot radius?
by Tom Spendlove from Michigan on April 07, 2011

A: The basement Watchdog model BWD-HWA will detect water only 1/32" deep when the alarm is placed on floor. Most of our other ALARM SYSTEMS can either be placed on the floor or the sensors can be on the floor to provide an alert system for any flood prone area. As you can see, we also have systems that can be connected to a phone dialer to call any programed phone number to alert you of a possible flooding problem. As far as being able to detect water that is, say 5 feet away from a sensor, however, I don't believe there is anything available at this time.
by Jim, Product Expert
Basement Watchdog BWD-HWA Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
4/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (3)
Exceeded Expectations (2)
Price (2)
Easy To Store (1)
Durable (1)
Cons
Dependability (1)
Unreliable (1)
100% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Edward B.
Fisherville, KY
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 12/25/15
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
FEB.
29
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Watchdog Alarm
The alarm went off two weeks ago when the sump pump was unplugged by accident. It saved me a lot of money. It is very loud and well worth the money. Easy to install.
Edward Recommends This Basement Watchdog Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Edward,
Awesome testimonial! This is great to hear. Thank you so much for your feedback.
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Michael C.
Danville, IL
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 1/7/16
Total Reviews
4 Reviews
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
JAN.
27
2016
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Seems To Be A Good Device
Seems to be very loud like a smoke alarm. Haven't used it other then test , install was easy. Only thing is wish there was better way to secure the sensor ,secured it wit zip ties through the secure holes in sensor but when securing it to pipe kind of smashes the sensor wire.
Michael Recommends This Basement Watchdog Product
Jim, the Sump Pump Expert
Product Expert
Michael,
You could try mounting the sensor on a bracket/pipe clamp.
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Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Michael,
Thank you for your review. If this does not work for you please give us a call and one of our customer support staff can walk you through some other options. We are available M-F 9-5 CST AT 800.991.0466 EXT 3
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John K.
Gobles, MI
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 2/23/16
REVIEWED
MAR.
16
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Sump Pump Alarm
Exactly what I was expecting to get.
John Recommends This Basement Watchdog Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
John,
Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback.
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Mark
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
17 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
09
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Water Alarm Worth Every Penny
I had some water issues and resolved them all with rain gutter cleaning, grading and sump pump replacement. As a precaution I purchased three competitor water alarms from another website. They worked but were almost inaudible unless in the same room. I tried the Basement Watchdog and was extremely impressed! Very loud, almost as loud as a smoke detector. I have several of these around the home and have purchased several for friends. Highly, highly recommended and no I don't have stock in this... more
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Mark,
Thanks for your consideration of our products. We really appreciate your feedback.
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Ray
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
14 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
NOV.
06
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Woke Me Up!
The alarm worked, and was loud enough to wake me up when water reached the top of the crock due to power failure from "SANDY".

The only problem was trying to keep up with bailing the water in the candle light. DIDN'T WORK. I just ordered a Basement Watchdog Special Backup. I'm planning to get a backup for my primary pump and possibly a small gas generator as well.

My wife and I sat on the stairs and watched the water rise as our personal items floated by. Don't take the... more
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Ray,
We thank you for your review. We know that once you order your backup you will have lots of relief in knowing that we will help keep your basement dry.
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Robert M.
Kirkersville, OH
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 12/15/13
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
JAN.
05
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Sump Pump Alarm
Tested it, and it works fine. Will do what I need it to do, very good.
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, Exceeded Expectations
Robert Recommends This Basement Watchdog Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Robert,
Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback.
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Demetrius N.
Somerset, NJ
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 4/10/14
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
MAY.
25
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Works Like A Charm
A hose came loose in the middle of the night, woke everyone up immediately. Glad I purchased this item.
Pros: Easy To Use, Exceeded Expectations, Reliable, I'd Buy It Again
Demetrius Recommends This Basement Watchdog Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Demetrius,
We are absolutely happy to keep making customers happy with our water alarms.
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Don D.
Framingham, MA
REVIEWED
MAR.
07
2014
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
No Way To Know If Its Working
There should be a switch or button or some way to manually monitor the battery thereby knowing if the battery is low. If low, a light would come on when the test button is pressed. This is why I have indicated dependability and reliability as a CON.
Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Price, Easy To Store
Cons: Unreliable, Dependability
Don Recommends This Basement Watchdog Product
Jim, the Sump Pump Expert
Product Expert
Don,
This is just your basic, no-frills, alarm. You'll typically find features such as the one you described on more expensive alarms.
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Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Don,
Thank you for your review. We will definitely take your request into consideration. It is recommended that you change out the battery approximately every 24 months to insure that the battery will operate the alarm properly. Please give us a call directly if you have any questions at 800-991-0466 at Ext. 3 to reach a technical support assistant directly
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Sam
Lowell, IN
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 12/18/11
REVIEWED
JAN.
09
2012
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Basement Watchdog
I'm very disappointed with this purchase. In testing the unit I find that the alarm is barely audible, and can probably be heard only if I am within a couple of feet of the unit.
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Sam,
We are sorry that you are not satisfied with the alarm on this unit. This alarm should is sound at 110 Decibels, so if you cannot hear it please call us directly so that we can help you. You can reach us at 800-991-0466 Ext 3 For Technical Support.
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Jamie G.
Saegertown, PA
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 10/19/14
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
DEC.
02
2014
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Seems Adequate.
Tested it out, and it works in water or even with the moisture from your fingers on the sensor. The alarm seems fairly loud.

Didn't test it through my block wall in my crawl space, but if the battery keeps it going for 3 days as it says, I'm sure it would be noticed. It seems just a little softer than a standard smoke alarm.
Jamie Recommends This Basement Watchdog Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Jamie,
Thank you for your review. We appreciate your consideration of our products.
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Dumont F.
Deltona, FL
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 10/10/14
REVIEWED
NOV.
01
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Job
The product was found easily, price was fine, timely shipping, arrived in good shape and installed easily per instructions. What more can a customer want?
Dumont Recommends This Basement Watchdog Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Dumont,
Thank you so much for your review. We are happy to keep our customers satisfied. Please give us a call if you need anything 800.991.0466 Ext. 3 for technical support
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