FloodBuster FAQs

Question: What is the FloodBuster Exactly?

Answer:  The FloodBuster our own design and highly engineered basement sump pit and lid.

The liner is easy to install as it is slender and circular at the base whilst the top is broader and square.  The liner is perforated below ground level in order to accept ground water directly from below the floor slab with a heavy duty 18" square lid that sits on a compressible seal with no need for bolts to hold it down or to have any wires or pipes coming up through it - they are diverted through special cut-out ports in the liner below floor level.      

The lid is strong enough to drive a car over and is tinted grey but see-through with an under water LED light with remote control, so you don't even have to lift the lid in order to see what is going on inside the sump pit.

The square lid without any perforations and obtrusions is ideal for finished basements as you can put a square of your floor finish discretely over the lid together with a bit of edging trim, you would never know that there was a sump pit there!

It can be purchased on it's own for use with your pump(s) of choice or together with the most advanced and precision engineered stainless steel mains pumps with or without a 12v battery back up system.

Question: Why did you develop your own sump pit when there are already so many on the market - aren't they all the same anyway?

Answer:  It is really a process of continual evolution.  In 1995 we introduced the Basement systems' Supersump to the UK where it was nothing like it at the time.  After that came the Basement Systems' Triplesafe with two mains powered  pumps and a 12v back up pump, up until 2011 we considered the Triplesafe to be the most advanced sump and pump system available.  But we were not happy with some of the features, the shape of the lid, all of the protrusions coming up through the lid, the noise of the Zoeller pumps were a problem on occasion.  So we decided to improve on everything and the result is the FloodBuster Tri-Safe, the latest, most advanced basement sump system in it's class.

The evolution of the FloodBuster.


Question: Which FloodBuster System is right for me?

Answer: The FloodBuster is a modular system.  The FloodBuster Single is best for unfinished basements up to 120ft perimeter - where it doesn't matter if it floods during a power-outage in a storm.

If  you want to protect against the risk of a power outage, adding a battery back up system will give you some protection, typically between a couple of days and couple of weeks but that will be limited to the charge in the battery and the rate of water ingress whereas a generator will give potentially unlimited protection.

If your basement is bigger than 120ft perimeter or if water ingress is relatively high then the FloodBuster Twinsafe is recommended.  This consists of two liners (sump pits), each with a 3000gph mains pump.  The sump pits can be placed together or separately.

If the basement is finished or if you plan to finish it then the FloodBuster Trisafe is recommended.  This is basically the FloodBuster Twin plus a battery back up pumping system (two mains pumps plus one battery pump).

If you are still not sure, you can schedule a Zoom or telephone appointment with an expert, who will be able to guide you by clicking here.

Question: Should I consider upgrading to the half horse power pump?

Answer: Generally speaking no.  The more powerful pump will evacuate the same amount of water more quickly and more noisily, so it might come on for 10 seconds as compared with, say 20 seconds for the standard 1/3 HP model and pump the same amount of water.  Both pumps will cycle with the same frequency, so if the standard 1/3rd HP is cycling once every 45 minutes during a heavy rain, then so will the 1/2 HP. 

If your basement experiences much higher water flows than average, then a second 1/3HP pump is a better option than upgrading to a single 1/2HP.  If you believe that you need a higher capacity than that then upgrading the second pump to a 1/2HP is a good option, especially if you set the float levels so that the smaller (quieter) pump comes on first and the more powerful 1/2HP kicks in only if the primary pump fails to keep up with the volume.

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Question: What is so different about the FloodBuster?

Answer:- See below.

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Question: Can I use my own sump and pump?

Answer: Yes.  There is no reason why you cannot do that.

However, remember that the sump and pump are the heart of your system, and if that doesn't work for any reason it doesn't matter how good the rest of the system is, if  your basement is prone to flooding, it will.

There are many reasons why we developed the FloodBuster with the features and safeguards that we did which you will simply not find together in any other system in it's class, so you will be losing out on all those and maybe saving a few hundred $'s. So at the end of the day it comes down to a personal choice and your attitude towards residual risk vs. initial investment.  

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