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Guide To Buying A Sump Pump

by Matthew Fields

Sump pumps are an essential part of any home in a wet area. While they don't need much maintenance, sometimes they break and need to be repaired. This guide will help you determine the right sump pump for your home.

Verify What Size Sump Pump is Needed

The wrong pump size can create big problems in a bad storm. In order to avoid a disaster, check and see what size tank is already installed. Determine if it has served well in the past or if a bigger one is needed. A too small pump may not be able to handle a large influx of water and could end up causing a flood inside the home.

Pedestal or Submersible Pumps?

There are two types of pumps. The pedestal pump is placed outside of the tank for easy access in case there is a problem. This type of pump is a good choice for those who have smaller tanks. A submersible pump is permanently installed inside the tank. While they are ideal for larger tanks, or homes with children, submersible pumps are difficult to access for repairs.

Is a Backup Battery Sump Pump Needed?

During the replacement of a sump pump, you may discover a backup sump pump is needed.  While not required, they can be helpful in an emergency. A backup sump pump is battery operated and activates when the power goes out. This ensures that even in an emergency the basement and home are unlikely to flood.

Should You Hire A Professional, or Install the Sump Pump on Your Own?

While you can install a pedestal pump on your own, it is a difficult task. It is recommended to have a professional install a sump pump to ensure that it is installed correctly, especially with submersible pumps. For more information, visit

Don't Forget a Warranty

Warranties seem expensive and many individuals will choose not to buy them to save money. This may not be the best idea when it comes to the sump pump. Having the peace of mind that it can be easily replaced is one less thing to worry about if there is a disaster in the home. Warranties are always a good idea.

Selecting a new sump pump does not have to be confusing. If you know the correct size and the preferred type, the purchase is a simple one.  A little research and planning will ensure that your home is safe, no matter how hard it might rain.