There are various types of sump pumps on the market, and installation is critical to ensure functionality when you need it most. Sump pumps can be the difference between a dry basement or crawl space and a very unpleasant experience.
What is a sump pump?
Sump pumps are small pumps that reside in a man-made sump pit, usually in a corner near an outside wall, to channel water away from your home. The sump pump protects your home from flooding and associated damages. When groundwater accumulates under your basement floor or outside your foundation, it flows through a drain pipe into your sump basin. When the water reaches a certain level, your sump pump kicks in. Sump pumps are an essential investment.
Types of sump pump installation in your home
Water damage can significantly impact the value of your property, in addition to the stress of dealing with a flooded basement or crawl space. According to homelight.com, There are two types of sump pumps for residential use:
- Submersible sump pump (Basement drain sump pump system): These pumps are placed at the bottom of a sump and have their motors housed in a waterproof enclosure. Submersibles require a larger sump basin and are typically more powerful, with greater horsepower and gallons per hour ratings. In addition, because cool water surrounds the motor, these pumps can run for extended periods without overheating. Submersibles also make less noise, thanks to the insulating layer.
- Pedestal sump pump: These pumps are on a long pedestal with the motor on top and a small impeller and discharge unit on the bottom. Pedestal pumps are generally cheaper than submersibles, and because the bulk of the pump is on top, you won’t need as large of a sump basin. However, in addition to being weaker and louder, pedestal pumps are also less able to handle any solids in the water they’re pumping.
In addition, exterior sump pumps or outdoor sump pumps are installed in the lowest spot in the backyard and connected to a pipe buried below the ground. The exterior sump pump pumps the water away from your home. The excess water is frequently pumped to the curb, where it can flow into the street and the storm sewer system. Of course, every city is different, so permits and city approval are generally required anytime when you’re hooking anything directly into a storm sewer.
Who installs sump pumps?
While you could install the sump pump yourself, it is not advisable. Hiring the right person or company ensures that the entire project is managed from start to finish. Understanding if and where the water is coming from will determine the course of action to take.
Professional sump pump installation is critical to the success of the project. Companies specializing in basement, crawl space, and foundation services are your best bet. These companies provide services and are experienced in basement waterproofing, foundation repair, bowing and leaning foundation walls, and draining and sump pump solutions for flooding.
How much does it cost to install a sump pump in the basement? Basement sump pump costs can vary based on several factors:
- The company you select
- The type of pump you choose
- Access to the area in your basement and if any damage has already been done
- And your geographic location
Costs include the price of the pump, starting at around $350, plus the installer’s fees.
How to install a sump pump in a crawl space
Sump pumps installed in crawl spaces can reduce or eliminate water damage caused by flooding and groundwater seepage. The cost of installing a sump pump in the crawl space is similar to that of a basement sump pump. According to forbes.com, “A professional installation will range in cost from $600 to $1,800 for the sump pump unit plus labor, with an average cost of around $1,200. The final cost will depend on a variety of factors, including location and the complexity of the installation. Ask for a price quote from your contractor. A good contractor can also recommend the best choice of sump pump for your needs.”
The author adds, “While you can install sump pumps yourself, we don’t advise doing so unless you have experience and know what you are doing. If your sump pump is not installed correctly or is put in the wrong location, the cost of fixing any resulting water damage will far outstrip the cost of hiring a professional in the first place.”
Are you looking to install a sump pump?
Before you install a sump pump, it is best to determine if and where your basement is leaking or if flooding is a problem. Crawlspace, basement, and foundation service providers are trained and experienced to assess your situation and determine the best course of action. Ensuring the foundation is free from damage is essential. Wall cracks, musty smells, and basement wall staining may indicate that basement leaking or flooding has affected your home’s foundation.
Keep in mind that whatever the costs associated with installing a basement sump pump or a crawl space sump pump, the costs incurred by water damage will be significantly greater. If you’re interested in installing a sump pump in your home, call us at 315-570-7307 or click here to schedule an appointment. We offer free estimates in Central New York.