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Wayne WSS30V - 1/2 HP Combination Primary and Backup Sump Pump System

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Model: WSS30V
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Combo Sumps Pumps
GPH
3900
Gallons
Switch Type
Vertical Float Switch
Wayne WSS30V 1/2 HP Combination Primary & Backup Sump Pump System
Assembled in the US with foreign and domestic parts

The Hardest Working Pumps, You'll Never Hear™
Energy efficient motors & engineered design provide an ultra quiet experience

Pre-Assembled and Pre-Plumbed Design For Easier Installation
Simple, drop-in installation; Includes (2) Heavy-Duty check valves

Epoxy-Coated Steel & Cast Iron Construction (CDU800 - Primary Pump)
Rugged, corrosion-resistant design provides long life in sump applications

1/2 HP, Thermally Protected 120V PCS Motor
Energy efficient, oil-filled design, for quiet operation and extend motor life

Integrated, Guard-Protected Vertical Float Switch w/ Solid Polypropylene Float
Prevents switch hang-ups from debris for reliable automatic operation
Tested to 1 million cycles*; For performance that lasts (Primary Pump)

Unique Top Suction Design w/ Glass Reinforced Polycarbonate Impeller
Reduces clogging & prevents air lock occurrences without the need for a "weep hole"

Upper/Lower Ball Bearings, Premium John Crane Carbon/Ceramic Shaft Seals
Sealed oil-bath engineering for increased lifespan and virtually silent operation
High-quality components helps prevent leaks and galvanic corrosion

Reinforced Thermoplastic 12V Backup Sump Pump (ESP25 - Backup Pump)
Helps extend pump life in harsh sump basin conditions
Pumps 3300 gallons-per-hour @ 0' (or 2300 GPH @ 10')

Adjustable Reed Float Switch
Easily mounts at high water level in your sump basin
Automatically starts when your existing sump pump fails

Audible Alarm For Local Notification
Alarms sounds when high water even occurs and pump is running

12V Battery Charger w/ LED Indicator Light & Thermoplastic Battery Box
Smart charging technology for maximum battery efficiency
Provides real-time battery charge status

Requires (1) 12V Deep Cycle Battery (SOLD SEPARATELY)
Recommended for use with the WAYNE WSB1275, 75 AMP hr maintenance free battery

*WAYNE Water Pumps Exceed an Average 1 Million Test Cycles (Primary Pump)

5-Year Limited Warranty


Base
Min Sump Basin Size
15 Inch
Motor
Voltage
120 Volt
Running Amps
10
Battery Included
No
Thermal Protection
Yes
Power Cord Length
8 Feet
Oil Free Motor
No
Engine
Horsepower
.5 hp
Pump
Housing Material
Cast Iron
Handles Solids
No
Float Type
Vertical Float
GPH @ 0 feet
3900
GPH @ 5 feet
3900
GPH @ 10 feet
3150
GPH @ 15 feet
2100
GPH @ 20 feet
600
Discharge Port Size
1-1/2 Inch
Built-in check Valve
Yes
Float On
9 Inches
Float Off
4 Inches
Manual Override
No
Overview
Weight
35 Pounds
Consumer Warranty
5 Years
UPC
040066214713
Model
WSS30V
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  9 Questions
Q: What size battery is required. Does charger shut off when battery is fully charged (does it have overcharge protection)? Where is the main pump suction port? What activates the back up pump? What is the horsepower of the backup pump. If the main pump fails can it be replaced by any pump?
by Darrel F from Illinois on August 16, 2016

A: The recommended battery is the Wayne WSB1275 - Maintenance Free AGM Backup Sump Pump Battery (75 Amps) for the Wayne WSS30V - 1/2 HP Combination Primary and Backup Sump Pump System, however most any 12V, deep cycle, maintenance free AGM battery will work in the 75 amp or 100AH (amp hour) rating. The oversize battery case (included) will accommodate a 12-volt SLA battery (up to a 27-frame size).
Be certain that the area around the batteries is well ventilated. Before servicing the batteries, blow away gasses by waving a piece of cardboard near the batteries.

The control box has a DC charger designed to shorten the recharging time of your battery, and to prevent overcharging. In addition, the control box has
a time delay which keeps the pump from repeated, short cycles when it shuts off. The time delay feature will allow the pump to run 20-25 seconds after the switch reaches the off position.

The main pump suction on this pump is actually just above the base where the line of square holes surround that bottom section of the pump. This is what's known as a top-suction and will help prevent clogging of debris that might normally clog a bottom suction pump.

The backup pump is activated by a separate float switch that is set to activate a few inches higher than the main pump float switch.

Since most backup pumps are operating on DC 12V power, they do not have any HP rating. Rather, they are rated in GPH (gallons per hour). The backup pump in this system can pump a healthy 2300GPH at a 10 foot head which rivals many standard 1/3HP 120V operated primary or main sump pumps.

If the main pump should fail, it is recommended that you replace it with another Wayne CDU800 - 1/2 HP Cast Iron Submersible Sump Pump w/ Vertical Float Switch since all the piping and included check valve is already setup for that pump.
Of course, if you should decide to go with another pump, you could always separate the two pumps at a later date and go with the pump of your preference.

I would also suggest reading the WSS30V INSTALLATION MANUAL for more information on how this system operates and is installed.
If you have any other questions, please let me know.
by Jim, Product Expert

Q: If either pump should ever fail, can they be replaced in the unit? Or does the whole unit needed to be replaced?
by Chris M from New York on January 05, 2016

A: The pumps and components can be replaced HOWEVER, you would need to contact Wayne tech support for replacement of the backup pump or controller. The main pump can be replaced with the Wayne CDU800 - 1/2 HP Cast Iron Submersible Sump Pump w/ Vertical Float Switch.
by Jim, Product Expert

Q: Jim. I have a 11 inch basin size. I am interested in a combination primary and back up sump system. What do you recommend. Price is not an issue. I am interested in Zoeller, Liberty, or Wayne or whatever you recommend. I dont think I can jackhammer out the basin if I had to, although I would love to.
by Vito Ranieri from Pennsylvania on June 21, 2015

A: Thank you for contacting Sump Pumps Direct.

Here is what I found.

Basement Watchdog

10 Inch minimum basin needed.

Myers Pump

10 Inch minimum basin needed.

Thank you
by Jim, Product Expert

Q: How does the system determines that the primary pump is not keeping up? By water level? running time of the primary?

Also, if the primary fails/breaks does the backup kicks in?

Thanks

by Edgardo from Pennsylvania on May 17, 2014

A: Thank you for your interest in Sump Pumps Direct. Each pump has it's own float switch. The float switch for the battery backup pump is set a few inches higher than the float switch for the main pump. When the main or primary pump is having difficulty keeping up with demand, the water level will rise higher insider your sump basin, thus setting off the secondary or battery backup pump to assist. This process will take place whenever you have AC power available to the system. In the event of a power outage, the battery backup pump, will obviously be your only working pump.
by Jim, Product Expert

Q: Hi, could you tell me what the diameter and depth of the sump basin needs to be for the Wayne WSS30V - 1/2 HP Combination Primary and Backup Sump Pump System?

Thanks.

by Erica from New York on February 26, 2014

A: The Wayne WSS30V requires a minimum basin size of 15"W X 22"D.
by Jim, Product Expert

Q: Which is better, a battery back-up system or a water back-up system?
by Linda L from Kentucky on February 06, 2014

A: Depending on the water table in your area and the potential for flooding you could go either way. If your water removal needs are below average, you could elect to go with a low GPH rated battery backup sump pump or water powered backup. Please note that water powered systems will only work with a minimum of 20-40 PSI. They will not work if you draw your water from a well. The typical water powered system would provide between 300-1000GPH of pumping capacity. If you're in a little higher water table that the flooding potential is a bit higher, you may want to consider a battery backup system rated at between 1000-2300GPH. If the flooding potential and water table are very high, you might look at the systems rated at 2400GPM and higher. You should also check with your local municipality to make sure that they are allowed as some municipalities have outlawed them as they do waste water in a sense.
by Jim, Product Expert

Q: If the 120 v pump can't keep up it sounds as if the battery backup pump will kick in---but the units share a common pipe so how can you add water /flow to an already maxed out pipe?? Would this not just increase head pressure on the battery pump causing it to work even harder????
by Mark F from Wisconsin on April 10, 2013

A: Thank you for visiting Sump Pumps Direct. You bring up a very good and important point, Mark! Most primary (1/4HP - 1/2HP) and battery backup pumps discharge to a 1-1/2" discharge pipe and will be installed separately but due to the discharge system already in place, be piped or "Y'd" together. In MOST cases, the total pumping capacity by both pumps at the same time will be handled by that 1-1/2" discharge pipe and will not cause any extra stress or back-pressure on those pumps. That being said, for optimum performance of both pumps, they should be connected to separate discharge pipes. Again, that is not always possible. In cases of extreme high water tables and frequent possible flooding where high capacity pumps are required, you should definitely run a separate discharge pipe for each pump you have installed.
by Jim, Product Expert

Q: I'm looking to purchase the Wayne WSS30V Combo. The specs say there is a check valve in the unit. Can I still use the Watchdog Klunkless Check Valve as well?
by Tim L from Wisconsin on July 30, 2012

A: Typically, you only want to use a single check valve for each pump so I would recommend just sticking with the check valves that are included with the Wayne system.
by Jim, Product Expert

Q: Is this Wayne WSS30V - 1/2 HP Combination Primary and Backup Sump Pump System an AC/DC system or a DC system?

Also please let me know if I have this straight. An AC/DC system means that the backup pump can be called into use if the main system is overloaded. In a DC system the backup pump only gets called into service if there is a power failure on the first.

by Bryce Brunswig from Nebraska on April 29, 2012

A: The Wayne model WSS30V is a combination primary sump pump and battery backup sump pump. The primary pump will operate on 120 volts and the battery backup pump operates on 12 volts from the battery that is installed along with the system and will operate when there is a loss of power. The battery backup pump will also operate in the event the primary pump cannot handle the incoming water, but will operate using the battery power and NOT 120 volts.
by Jim, Product Expert

Wayne WSS30V Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
5/5
Overall
4.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 5
Pros
Quiet (57)
I'd Buy It Again (34)
High Quality (34)
Price (27)
Easy To Use (24)
Cons
None (23)
Bad Instructions (15)
Little Pricey (1)
Packaging (1)
Lacks Ability To Increas... (1)
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Joseph P.
Furlong, PA
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 12/15/16
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
JAN.
28
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Really Solid Product
Just installed it. Works very well. The instructions were a little confusing in that they specified how to install a check valve, but the unit comes with check valves. Also, do you need to install a bleeder hole to avoid air lock. A quick phoned call to the Wayne customer service confirmed that no bleeder hole was needed and yes indeed the unit comes with check valves so no need to install more. Overall the unit appears solid and should perform well. We will see. Ask me again in a year
Pros: Quiet, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again, Fast
Cons: The instructions were confusing for the specific make and model.
Joseph Recommends This Wayne Product
Joseph's Experience With Sump Pumps Direct
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"Their customer service help line was very helpful and informative. Would recommend them to friends."
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Ronald A.
Wauwatosa, WI
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 9/24/16
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
NOV.
08
2016
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Easy Install, Might Need A Bit Of Adapting
Pretty much just lift out the old, lift in the new. All set up and much easier than installing separate main and backup pumps. But for me, there was an inexpensive glue-in adapter I had to get at a plumbing supply store to go from the 1 1/2" output to the existing 1 1/'4'' PVC output pipe, along with cutting that existing PVC pipe back a few inches as the Wayne sits higher. The battery costs $100 locally. The unit itself works well, and much quieter than the old unit.
Pros: Quiet, Easy To Use, Price, Easy to install.
Cons: Bad Instructions
Ronald Recommends This Wayne Product
Jim, the Sump Pump Expert
Product Expert
Ronald,
I'm sorry to hear of the issues that you experienced with your installation, Ronald. Typically, most combination systems are designed for an easy swap out. Unfortunately, not ALL cases are the same, which may result in more time and/or modifications in the installation. I'm happy to hear that the system is performing well for you and the sound level is within your liking. If you should have any other questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Jim Owiecki

Sump Pumps Direct Product Expert
969 Veterans Pkwy Unit C
Bolingbrook, IL 60490
630-685-0025 Direct
james@pedstores.com
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Ronald,
Hi Ronald,

Thanks for reaching out and leaving the review. What about the written instructions did you dislike? We value our customers questions/concerns and would love to hear how we can improve the product manual. Please feel free to reach out to me directly, at tlusebrink@waynewatersystems.com.

Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you
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Steve H.
Elverson, PA
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 8/20/17
REVIEWED
SEP.
11
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
High Quality, Super Quiet, Well Built- Very Pleased!
I replaced my 10 year old sump pump which was running all the time. We moved into the house a little over a year ago and the sump pit was 'sealed' thus the home inspectors would not check it because it was also used as a passive vent for our radon system. The old unit would run in a decent/steady rain, almost every 30 secs. It would also take a while to eliminate the water up a 9' rise and out of the house. It just sounded like it was about to die. With plans to eventually finish the... more
Pros: Quiet, High Quality, Fast, Reliable
Cons: Bad Instructions
Steve Recommends This Wayne Product
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Ajay S.
Bartlett, IL
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 8/14/17
REVIEWED
SEP.
06
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Easy Install And Quiet
This setup was simple and didn't take very long.
Pros: Quiet, I'd Buy It Again, High Quality, Price
Ajay Recommends This Wayne Product
Ajay's Experience With Sump Pumps Direct
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5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"One point the company that sold this to me, had recommendations and advice + price was better than other sites. Great experience."
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Kirk A.
Charlevoix, MI
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 12/12/16
REVIEWED
DEC.
29
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
No Sleepless Nights!
Product came already assembled, I made one cut and inserted a clunkless check valve, (just to insure quietness, might not be necessary in all installs), and in 20 minutes it was ready to go! It can't get any easier! I did buy my own battery, and it works fine. No sleepless nights here! I wished all home plumbing jobs were this easy! Good price, quick ship! Awesome.
Pros: Quiet, Price, I'd Buy It Again, Reliable
Kirk Recommends This Wayne Product
Kirk's Experience With Sump Pumps Direct
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5/5

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5/5

Shipping
5/5
"These guys rock!"
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Matt M.
O Fallon, MO
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 11/4/16
REVIEWED
NOV.
05
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Product And Service
Product arrived within 24 hours of order. Item arrived as advertised and was pretty easy to install....So far so good. Great product at a great price.
Pros: Quiet, I'd Buy It Again, Price, Fast
Cons: None
Matt Recommends This Wayne Product
Matt's Experience With Sump Pumps Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"First time purchasing from this site. Hopefully I will not have to purchase another pump anytime soon, but if I do I will be purchasing from this site for sure. Super fast shipping and website set up for easy navigation and research before purchase. Great job guys, you have my business in the future and recommendations to friends as well."
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Kathy S.
Indianapolis, IN
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 9/6/16
REVIEWED
SEP.
28
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Sump Pump Success!
We love our new primary/backup sump pump. During a heavy downpour (over 5 inches of rain) we lost power. Unfortunately our 20+ year old sump pump did not have a battery backup. After bailing water for over 6 hours we decided a new sump pump and battery backup pump system was a necessity. After extensive research we decided on the WSS30V - 1/2 HP Combination Primary and Backup Sump Pump System. My husband had it installed in about 30 minutes. We have since lost power on two separate... more
Pros: Quiet, High Quality, Reliable, Features
Kathy Recommends This Wayne Product
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Edward D.
Columbus, OH
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 8/23/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
11 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
SEP.
28
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Satisfied So Far
The pump was what I was looking for to replacer my existing pump made by a different manufacturer.

The installation directions are flawed, especially in the description of the check valves. The check valves are integrated into the pumps structure and not external as the directions show. This is clearly shown on the pump box.

The website description of the product does not show that a battery box is included with the pump although the battery must be ordered separately.

I have only... more
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Swanson Hauling & Excavating Llc
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 9/1/16
REVIEWED
SEP.
26
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Solid Purchase
Simple to replace old unit, ( little discharge adjustment). Fits in My 18" pump basin. Anything I can do to insure the dryness in my finished basement because I can't rely on REMC. And the good reviews of this unit help.
Pros: Quiet, Fast, Only Time Will Tell About The Quality
Swanson Recommends This Wayne Product
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Roland S.
Ellicott City, MD
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 7/18/17
REVIEWED
AUG.
18
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Needed Battery Back-up System
I was going out of town for a couple of weeks and couldn't deal with the prospect of all the stuff in my basement getting wet if there was a power outage. Shopped on the internet and settled on the WSS30V as best to meet my needs. Installed as replacement to existing pump the week before I went away. Tested to see that it worked as advertised and left home expecting a dry basement upon return. Seems to have worked well -- discharging water from 2 dehumidifiers, AC condensate, and external... more
Roland Recommends This Wayne Product
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Rick H.
Sandwich, IL
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 3/11/17
REVIEWED
APR.
24
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Highly Recommended
Very easy to install. Works terrific through several storms. Made in USA.
Pros: Quiet, High Quality, Price, Made in USA
Cons: None
Rick Recommends This Wayne Product
Rick's Experience With Sump Pumps Direct
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5/5

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