How to choose the best sump pump alarm

“Prevention is better than cure”, agree with this saying? Yes, before your sump pump gets fully damaged due to water problems, don’t you think it is your duty to save your sump pump before it gets damaged? If you think so, then sump pump alarm is the only solution. But how to choose such one? With no waiting, here are the 8 most important factors that you need to consider before choosing an alarm.

  • Reliability:

Sump pump alarm simply notifies you when there is a water leakage, power cut, overflowing water, change in temperature or any other problems or defects. But not all alarms do the same job. Therefore know what your main requirement is. Because each alarm is best for its own features and lacks another. By knowing what your requirements are, it can help you choose the right one.

  • Wi-Fi connectivity:

In order to receive notification, or to connect with a siren, or to connect with an app you may need to have a Wi-Fi connectivity. Therefore Wi-Fi is a required feature in some sump pump alarms. It also helps to customize the features of alarm through the application as per your need.

  • Loud alarm:

This is arguably the most important feature off them all. You want an alarm that is LOUD. You never know what you may be doing or how far from the alarm you are when trouble occurs. It’s always best to choose a loud alarm that you will have no trouble hearing from anywhere in the house. Some can also connect to a siren using Wi-Fi connectivity for a larger broadcast area.

  • Mobile/ email notification:

When you are out of your house, Wi-Fi connectivity is not reachable. Therefore choose an alarm which can ping you using voice call or text messages or through email. This can help you from serious risk even when you are out of your home.

  • Durability:

This is a common feature that any customer will look for. Therefore go for a popular and long lasting alarm. Don’t be hasty to just purchase the cheapest one you can because if you end up with an unreliable product it might lead to a bigger risk when the alarm fails to fulfill its work. (Think of this added risk as an additional “hidden” cost, the cost of replacing all your things that got damaged during a basement flood)

  • Customizable alarm:

Based on your need go for a customisable alarm. There are applications (D-LINK DCH-S160 uses Mydlink home app) which are connected to the alarm through the Wi-Fi network and can be customisable as per your need.

  • Warranty:

Do consider the manufacturer warranty period that is provided. If you have any trouble what-so-ever (assuming you have not intentionally abused the product) your warranty should help by replacing any defective parts or assemblies at no cost.

  • Usage:

Know whether you need it for indoor or outdoor use. Few alarms are specially made for indoor usage rather than outdoor usage and vice versa.


There are plenty of alarms available in the market. Each and every one has their own merits and demerits. Hopefully, our list can give you all necessary information about the product and guide you to match your requirements with the right one. Consider all the above mentioned features before buying an alarm.



Bill is a DIY plumber, handyman, and homeowner with more than a decade of experience. He has replaced and repaired sump pumps, backup pumps, float switches, check valves, and many other things around his family home. An engineer and tinkerer at heart, he is always looking to see how things work and taking on new home projects that help him grow his skillsets. He is a husband and father of two boys, has a bachelors degree in Computer Engineer and minor in Mathematics and likes to make homebrew beer in his free time.

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