Tips for Deciding Between a Submersible or Pedestal Style Sump Pump

Do you need to install a sump pump in your home to keep the water away from your foundation? If so, you need to pick what kind of sump pump you are going to install. The two main options you have to pick between are a submersible or pedestal style sump pump. Both have advantages and disadvantages, which is why it is worth knowing more about them before you make a decision.

Submersible Sump Pumps

As the name implies, a submersible pump is a kind that goes underwater in the sump. Many people like these kinds of sump pump because they operate very quietly. Since the pump is underwater, you won't hear it when it is running. It also takes up much less space in your basement, with you even being able to store things on top of where the sump pump is located if necessary.

However, the submersible pump is hard to repair and maintain because it is in the sump. You may not even notice that something is wrong with the pump until you have a sump that is filled too high with water. You can install an additional backup pump at a higher level in the sump, which will kick in if the primary pump fails.

Pedestal Sump Pumps

The pedestal style pump has the entire motor located outside of the sump and in your basement. Since the motor is not submerged in water, chances are that you'll hear the pump every time that it turns on to empty the water in the sump. This can be either a good or bad thing, depending on how much the noise bothers you, but it will eventually become background noise that you will ignore. 

One of the nice things about this type of pump is that it is much easier to maintain. You have easy access to the motor, so you can easily keep it lubricated by applying oil and check on if the motor is running properly. Just trigger the float switch and see if it is pumping out the water like it should.

Since the sump pump is located outside of the water, you can get a very powerful pump if necessary. If you frequently have huge rainstorms, you can get a model that has a powerful motor that can keep up with the water as it comes into the sump. The pump itself will not displace any water, so the sump can fill up with more water if necessary. 

Learn more about your options by contacting local sump pump installation services.