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Model: BWC1
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Dual Float Switches with Protective Cage
2 floats for added redundancy
Won’t get “hung up”
Cage prevents debris from interfering with float operation

Dual Float Controller
Activates the pump when water lifts the float 1/8"
Runs the pump for an additional 10 seconds

Can be used with other sump pumps that draw up to 15 amps


Motor
Power Cord Length
10 Feet
Rated Capacity
15
Nominal Voltage
120 Volt
Pump
Float Type
Vertical Float
Overview
Weight
2 Pounds
UPC
717301121562
Model
BWC1
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  5 Questions
Q: BWC1 questions:
1. Is the 15 amp limit for pump start or run amps? (Many pumps have start amps greater than 15) Will this work with a pump that has start 23 amps and run 10 amps or a pump that has start 16 amps and run 7.5 amps?

2. What is the distance between the bottom and upper float rings? For instance, if the bottom float ring fails then how much higher will the water go before the upper float ring is activated?

3. What are the dimensions of the BCW1?

Thank you.

by Frank E from Colorado on September 14, 2015

A: Thank you for your interest in Sump Pumps Direct, Frank!
The ratings listed for the Basement Watchdog, like all other piggyback float switches that we offer, refer to the pump running amps. MOST are rated for 120V.
The water would need to raise about another 2-3/4 inches if the bottom float does not activate the pump.
The "cage" dimensions for the floats are 5"L X 2-1/8"D.
If you have any other questions, please let me know.
by Jim, Product Expert
Q: I have a utility vault that i need to control water infiltration on. I have to control the pump within a 4" vertical rise in water. What switch will work for me. The vault does not have a sump area and i cannot put one in. Thats the reason for the four inch problem. I need it to come on when there is two or three inches of water in the vault.
by Chris Christianson from Oregon on August 12, 2012

A: What are the dimensions of the vault? Depending on the area, the Basement Watchdog Dual Vertical Float Switch & Controller may do the job for you.
The dual float switch contains two large floating rings enclosed within a protective cage. Water will lift the bottom float by a 1⁄4", which will activate the pump. If for any reason the lower float does not activate the pump, the water will rise and activate the second switch. As the pump evacuates the water from the pit the floats will drop. The pump will run for an additional 10 seconds to extend the cycle after the lower float drops.
Note: When mounting the float switch, position the bottom of the cage at the height you want the pump to activate.

Another option might be the Pro Series Ultimate Sensor Pump Controller System, model USC3. This system has a minimum installation of 3" above the bottom of the pump However, if you have a larger area to evacuate, this system can be programed to run your pump anywhere from 5-45 seconds from the time the water level drops below the sensor. In addition, this controller controller is that it will sound an alarm when problems exist or maintenance is needed. The controller will also run the pump once a week for approximately four (4) seconds. This test will exercise the pump and help ensure the pump is working properly.
The PHCC Pro Series Ultimate Solid State Controller features a series of warnings (audible and visual) that pinpoint potential problems with the pump, sensor and power conditions. The controller will sound an alarm when power has been interrupted, when the pump has run for more than 10 minutes continuously, when the 9V battery is low or if the controller detects a weak or no signal from the sensor. The 9V battery (sold separately) runs the controller during a power outage, allowing it to sound an alarm if the circuit breaker trips, the controller is not plugged in securely, or the home’s power is interrupted.
Note: The 9V battery will only power the controller, not the pump.
by Jim, Product Expert
Q: Hi you said Runs the pump for an additional 10 seconds can this be turn off
by David from Pennsylvania on June 07, 2012

A: No, the timer is built into the controller and there are no adjustments available. You might take a look at the Pro Series Ultimate Sensor Pump Controller System, model USC3.
by Jim, Product Expert
Q: i have a ridgid sum pump. will this basement watchdog work for this pump
by Kenneth Durante from Illinois on April 28, 2012

A: The Basement Watchdog model BWC1 Dual Vertical Float Switch & Controller can be used with other manual sump pumps that draw up to 15 amps.

by Jim, Product Expert
Q: Could I use this with a sewage ejector pump?
by Vince from Illinois on January 07, 2012

A: The Basement Watchdog Dual Vertical Float Switch and Controller is really designed for sump pump applications for pumps up to a maximum of 1/2HP and 15 Amps.
by Jim, Product Expert
Basement Watchdog BWC1 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
5/5
Overall
4.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 5
Pros
Price (8)
Easy To Use (7)
Features (5)
I'd Buy It Again (4)
High Quality (2)
Cons
Unreliable (2)
Durability (1)
None (1)
Low Quality (1)
90% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Frank A.
Geneva, NY
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 12/16/16
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
JAN.
09
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Just As Promised
Product arrived as scheduled, was very easy to install and eliminates low reliability floating switches and all at a very competitive price.
Pros: Price, Easy To Use, Features, I'd Buy It Again
Frank Recommends This Basement Watchdog Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Frank,
Thank you for your business and positive feedback!
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Barry T.
Hendersonville, NC
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
AUG.
13
2017
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Works Off And On, Piece Of Crap
Worked well for a week, then sporadically.
Cons: Unreliable
Barry Does Not Recommend This Product
Jim, the Sump Pump Expert
Product Expert
Barry,
Most likely you have some debris that is preventing the switch from turning on.
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Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Barry,
We apologize that you experienced an issue with our product. We would agree with the advice provided from Sump Pumps Direct. Debris can cause several issues to any manufacturer’s switches ,sump pump and check valves. Most pump manufacturers recommend to clean the sump pit out routinely. We do recommend cleaning out the pit every 6 months using a dry/wet shop vacuum. If you continue to experience any issues please contact our service team at 1-800-991-0466 option 3.
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Michael E.
Little Rock, AR
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 9/4/17
REVIEWED
SEP.
27
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Works As Advertised
Bought this because the float switch on my brand new pump was flakey. This switch seems to be working fine and I really like how precise the depth can be adjusted.
Pros: Price, Easy To Use, Features, I'd Buy It Again
Michael Recommends This Basement Watchdog Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Michael,
Thank you for purchasing the Basement Watchdog Universal Dual float switch, BWC1. If you ever need assistance with our products please call our service team at 800-991-0466 option 3 for technical assistance.
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Michael's Experience With Sump Pumps Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Great product selection and fast delivery."
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Ellis
North Olmsted, OH
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 5/29/17
REVIEWED
JUL.
11
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Fast Delivery Of A Great Product!
This controller is a direct replacement for the original. I just bought this house and the existing one died and the local big box hardware store doesn't sell the controller. The unit itself was extremely easy to install because the instructions were clear. I have to say the replacement seemed better quality than the original, maybe because of improvements. So far it has performed flawlessly. I'd recommend it to anyone.
Pros: Price, Durable, Exceeded Expectations, High Quality
Ellis Recommends This Basement Watchdog Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Ellis,
Thank you for purchasing our product and we are glad to hear you had a positive experience. If you ever need assistance with our products please call our service team at 800-991-0466 option 3 for technical assistance.
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Ellis's Experience With Sump Pumps Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"You guys were fast and the price was great. Thank you for helping me protect my new home. USAF veteran."
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Marshall S.
Elberton, GA
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 2/2/17
REVIEWED
FEB.
25
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Device!
Product works fine and I was well pleased, however the instruction was a little confusing concerning the installation on a sump pump that simply plugged directly into a receptacle and used a float attached directly to a switch on the pump motor. I figured it out and it works fine!
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, I'd Buy It Again, Light Weight
Marshall Recommends This Basement Watchdog Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Marshall,
Thank you for purchasing our product! We apologize that you experienced an issue with the installation of the Dual Float Controller while being used with another pump. If you ever need assistance please contact our service team at 1-800-991-0466 option 3.
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Marshall's Experience With Sump Pumps Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Good company to know about with good service!"
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Charles R.
Longview, WA
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 1/13/15
REVIEWED
FEB.
03
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Basement Watchdog Is A Super Product!
I bought a sump pump from a box store about a year ago. Installed it in my backyard in a catch basin fed by perforated drainage pipe.

Within a year the float switch had malfunctioned and I was told I'd have to buy a whole new pump!

Not so! To the rescue rode Sump Pumps Direct! They sold me a Basement Watchdog which is a quick fix.
Disabled my old float switch and installed the Basement Watchdog. Elapsed time, maybe 10 minutes.

Works like a charm. Jim, one of their Experts, was... more
Charles Recommends This Basement Watchdog Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Charles,
We are happy that everything worked out for you. Thank you for your review and your consideration of our products
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Tim
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 8/19/12
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
NOV.
08
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Quiet And Fast
I needed a replacement for my old pedestal sump system, and really liked the Zoeller models, but had seen a fair amount of negative feedback concerning the units with the built-in float switches.

After some research and great information from Jim at Sump Pumps Direct, I settled on the Zoeller N53 "switch-less" pump coupled with the Basement Watchdog BWC1 float switch and controller.

It's been three months now and I really don't think I could be happier. If the switch does fail,... more
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Tim,
Thank you so much for your recommendation of our Dual float and controller. We really appreciate it.
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Frank
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 3/24/16
REVIEWED
MAY.
15
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Easy Replacement
Great design for easy installation (less then 10 minutes). It's been working well for months now through the heavy Spring rains.
Frank Recommends This Basement Watchdog Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Frank,
We are happy that you are satisfied with this product and thank you for taking the time to review.
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Karl M.
Jackson, WY
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 4/5/16
REVIEWED
APR.
12
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Seems Like A Good Product
Looks foolproof and is working fine. It would be nice to have a loose cord to feed through the small hole in the lid of the sump tank that's made for the cord of the pump. Had to cut out a piece of the cover to fit the cord past the flange of the vent pipe.
Karl Recommends This Basement Watchdog Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Karl,
We thank you for your review and appreciate your feedback. Please note that this wire may be cut and spliced back together in the further to avoid cutting your lid. If you have any further questions don't hesitate to call us directly at 800.991.0466 ext 3 for tech support.
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Karl's Experience With Sump Pumps Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
4/5
"First product came out of its packaging, and rolling around loose in the box. Parts were broken but I installed the device anyway and made it work. Complained about the shipping to customer service. I was sent, at no charge, a new in box product with no return required. Installed the replacement and it is working well. Thank you customer service."
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Grant S.
Springfield, OR
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 2/2/16
REVIEWED
MAR.
17
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Works Well
Can keep water level very low.
Grant Recommends This Basement Watchdog Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Grant,
Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback on this product and are glad that the adjustable float feature is working well for you.
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Ralph L.
Columbus, OH
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 2/12/16
REVIEWED
MAR.
07
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Main Sump Float Fails....panic!!
I got a sump pump alarm at 4:30 AM on a Friday indicating the main pump had failed and the backup was operating. I discovered a defective main sump pump float. Ordered a replacement later that morning and received it the following Monday without having to pay additional freight. Installed it in about 10-15 minutes.
Ralph Recommends This Basement Watchdog Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Ralph,
We apologize for your inconvenience and thank you for your feedback. Thank you for calling and allowing us to assist you with this. We appreciate when our customers reach out.
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Ralph's Experience With Sump Pumps Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Good experience with delivery and install."
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