I own two of these and love them! I used to own a home with a wet basement. Every time it rained, my back yard turned into a pond. As a result of hydrostatic pressure, the water entered my basement. No need to tell you what a mess that was. I had one of these that I had purchased years earlier at a yard sale. With the wet basement, I gave it a try. I used it outside to get rid of the "pond" instead of waiting for natural evaporation, which cut down on the water entering the basement. I found it so handy that I bought another one brand new. Don't let the small size fool you. It's a might work horse. In my experience, it works great for sucking up the water. The batteries lasted me for about 14 hours non-stop operation every time I used it before I had to replace them. Use rechargeable batteries and you cut down on the cost. I have no real need for them now, but keep them on hand just in case. One never knows when water will build up. It's great for emptying a fish tank, too, though I never use it for that. I even used two of them to empty our above ground pool, 26 x 52 and it worked great. The best thing about these little pumps is that once it gets the suction going, it can keep going, though a bit slower, without any batteries.
Overall, a handy little item to keep around for when you have a water spill.
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