Things to consider when buying a sump pump

Things to consider when buying a sump pump

For anyone who does not already know, a sump pump is a device that helps you get rid of accumulated water in your sump basin (which is usually placed in the basement). A powerful pump can come in very handy especially if a flooding happened and you have no idea how to free your basement from the unwanted liquid guest. Choosing one means knowing the features of the device keeping in mind that it is hardwired to your house’s electrical system. A sump basin can overflow and cause serious damage if it’s not drained properly, so make sure you gather all the information you need over the topic. Here’s what you might want to consider:


There are two main types of sump pumps, each with their definite characteristics:

  • Submersible – means that the pump is positioned on the inside of the sump with no chance of short circuits, is easier to mount, but it is more expensive than the other type and their life resistance is shorter
  • Pedestal – means that it is placed above the water, where it can be easily reached for further check-ups, but it’s a little more difficult to mount given the fact that it has an impeller with an extensive cylinder attached to it

Before choosing a type or another, make sure you check ratings for each product you are looking for. This way you’ll know for sure if the pump you are willing to buy is qualitative and fits your needs.


Besides the type of your sump pump, you will be interested in the way you are handling it. You can opt out for either a manual or an automatic sump pump. If you only need to activate the pump at your own will, you should select a manual pump that you can turn on or off any time you need. An automatic pump will shut down or activate accordingly to the level of water in your sump. Automatic pumps have more switches for pressure and float, plus they have a sensor for field effect (water levels).


The head pressure your pump will apply is affecting the height of the water movement. You need to choose the appropriate level of pressure in order to avoid overflow. Phase and voltage matter too, so keep that feature in mind when you are choosing the product you’d like to buy. The size of the sump should be carefully measured in order to select the best pressure and voltage option for your location.

System alarm

If something goes wrong, you need to consider having a backup system for your pump. Alarms are a great method for noticing an emergency, taking into account the fact that you won’t check your basement every other day to see if your pump is working well. Testing regularly is an option too, but a backup system and an alarm could save you all the trouble. This way you will be able to sleep relaxed at night, knowing the water levels in your basement are within the right limits.

Steve Volk