There are two different types of primary sump pumps, submersible and pedestal. Each one has its own pros and cons to consider, however, when it comes down to it, submersible sump pumps are the way to go if your biggest concern is reliability. That being said, it’s important you consider the possible downsides to choosing the submersible model over the often more affordable pedestal sump pump. Here I will go over some important factors about each to help you decide which type is right for you.
Pedestal Sump pumps:
Pedestal sump pumps are a type of sump pump that is meant to be kept above water. It is positioned upright with the motor placed above it. It’s important to keep in mind that this motor cannot get wet.
Despite what I said, don’t count the pedestal model out before you hear a little more about it. There are a few upsides to this type of sump pump, including the fact that it being above water/ground makes the process of maintenance a lot easier. It doesn’t hurt that when it comes to costs, this type of sump pump is the winner. Much cheaper than it’s submersible counterpart, if you need a sump pump for your basement and don’t have much to spend, this is a good model to go for. Also consider a pedestal sump pump when there is ample space and not a lot of traffic in the area it will be placed in. Pedestal sump pumps do best in basements as it is out of sight.
Now of course, we must go over some of the cons to this model. Pedestal sump pumps are much more likely to overheat, and noise has been cited as a major turnoff. With those issues aside, it is also important to consider that out of the two models, pedestal sump pumps can be more of a safety hazard.
Submersible Sump Pumps:
Submersible sump pumps, unlike pedestal sump pumps, are able to handle being submerged. As one would expect from their name, they are designed with underwater use in mind, and this can be a major plus.
As said at the beginning of this article, submersible sump pumps are on the whole considerably more reliable than their pedestal counterparts.This is in part due to their motor being internal, allowing them to take up less space. They are also known to be on the whole a lot safer. Not only is it said to be safer but the internal motor eliminates the issue of noise disruptions.
However, as appealing as the submersible sump pump may sound, it’s important I address it’s downsides as well. Firstly, they are dependent on electricity to function. This may sound like no big deal at first, but it can become an issue fast should you lose power during a storm. If you do not have a backup generator your basement can quickly flood, leaving you with a huge mess. It is also important to remember that the submersible model is considerably more expensive than the pedestal type.
It’s important you consider all of these factors before making a decision on which sump pump is the right fit for you and your home.