The Watchdog Story
As told by the owner and inventor, Alan Schulman
Prior to inventing the Basement Watchdog, I was the
owner of a Chicago area battery distributorship. We
sold all types of batteries including automotive and
marine models. Many of the marine batteries were used
to power battery backup sump pumps.
Some customers who purchased marine batteries for their
backup pumps, returned them years later, disappointed
that their basement had flooded. After analyzing the
problems, it was clear that over the years the homeowner
had not properly maintained the battery’s fluid
level, nor had they properly cleaned corrosion from
the terminals. They’d killed the battery! I saw
the need for a backup system that would alert the homeowner
when problems arose or maintenance was needed.
The result was the Basement Watchdog Big Dog (AC/DC),
a system that would monitor the battery, pump and power
conditions, and sound an alarm when maintenance was
needed. This system monitors many things including:
low battery fluid, a discharged battery, pump failure
and much more. In 1989, after three years in development,
the first system was sold to a local hardware store.
It wasn’t long before homeowners started telling
their neighbors, family and friends how the Basement
Watchdog had saved their basement. The word began to
spread, and so did our distribution outlets. There is
no better advertising than word of mouth, and that is
exactly what paved the way for Watchdog success. Today,
the Basement Watchdog systems can be found in stores
all across the US.
I believe strongly in improvement, and through the
years Glentronics has created new systems, as well as
continuing to upgrade existing systems. Currently we
have three backup systems, the Basement Watchdog Big
Dog (AC/DC), the Basement Watchdog Special, and the
Basement Watchdog Emergency systems. We also carry two
batteries made specifically to match our pump systems.
Lots of information about all of these items can be
found on the website.
Over the years it has been extremely gratifying to
hear from satisfied Watchdog owners who have been saved
from flooding by our products. I am always thrilled
to hear their stories. Everyone here at Glentronics
shares my excitement and pride in our products. In the
upcoming years, I look forward to bringing more products
to market that will provide security and peace of mind