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Unlike most other sump pumps, the Sump Minder sends a voice alert to cell numbers chosen by the homeowner if the battery needs replacing or there’s some other problem. Able to pump 2,300 gallons per hour with a 10-foot lift, the pump’s electronic controller monitors the 12-volt deep-cycle battery and cycles the pump every two weeks. MSRP: $490, not including battery. Wayne Water Systems, 888.299.2963, waynewatersystems.com