I didn’t think I’d have so many problems with my sump pump when I bought it. After all, it was brand new, and it had just one job to do and failed to do so miserably. I’ll have to admit that I didn’t have a lot of budget for such a machine at the time, which is why I went out and bought the cheapest model made of plastic. I didn’t even consider the fact that its capabilities were limited and it would eventually stop working altogether.
The model I’m referring to is the Zoeller 44-0007. I had nothing but trouble thanks to this sump pump. For one, the manufacturer is advertising it as an automatic submersible alternative, but let me tell you this thing is anything but automatic. I had the bad luck of being on vacation while it stopped working and guess what? My basement flooded. What’s more, my neighbor’s basement did just the same, and now I have to pay for my repairs and the ones over at his house, as well. I couldn’t be any less unhappy with my purchase.
Before going on the trip that my family and I had planned for months, we had an incident with the Zoeller that I thought was just the occasional issue that might occur from time to time. We went to bed and so I set the system to automatic. In the middle of the night, I went down the stairs to see whether the machine was doing what it was supposed to be doing. Believe it or not, I found a lot of water on the floor and when I turned the lights on, I noticed that there was considerable damage all over the place. I went online to see what other people had to say about the model and I unfortunately came to the conclusion that it’s not an automatic unit at all. In fact, it’s a manual pump that features an automatic sensor for when there’s no more water to pump. In other words, the single good thing about this model is that it’s able to shut down without needing my wife or me turning it off manually. Obviously, it’s not capable of turning on when the water reaches a critical level which actually defeats its purpose in my opinion.
In the end, I can’t think of a single thing other than buying a new and better sump pump or getting a replacement from the brand considering that this model is being advertised as an automatic alternative when it most clearly is not. I heard a lot of things about Zoeller and should have probably considered a heavy-duty model as I’ve noticed that many people tend to think that this company designs high-quality sump pumps. One thing’s for sure, though, an 18 GPM unit is downright useless for my family and me.