Types of Sump Pumps Buffalo Grove

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Submersible vs. Pedestal: Which Sump Pump is Better?

A submersible sump pump, as the name suggests, works under water. A pedestal pump, on the other hand, has an impeller at the base of the pedestal and a motor on top. The motor does not work under water.

While both kinds are reliable, pedestal pump motors are typically more economical to run because they draw fewer amps. Pedestal motors are air-cooled, while submersible pumps are cooled by the water in which they sit. In some homes, the area where the pump is located does not have enough air flow to properly cool a pedestal motor.

There are many pros and cons for both types. Here’s a quick look:

Submersible Sump Pumps – Pros

  1. This type of sump pump works in the sump pit below the basement, so you have plenty of room to place fixtures or furniture in that area.
  2. It will typically work with little or no noise.
  3. They are usually more powerful, and can pump out water faster.
  4. They also tend to be more efficient.

Submersible Sump Pumps – Cons

  1. Submersible pumps are usually more expensive because they’re more powerful.
  2. They can easily be damaged by debris in the pit and if it develops even a small crack, it can be rendered useless.
  3. When this type of pump has to be repaired or replaced, the basement floor usually needs to be broken up in order to access the pump. Obviously, this type of job can be extensive and expensive.

Pedestal Sump Pumps – Pros

  1. Pedestal pumps cost less.
  2. They are not susceptible to the same sort of damage as submersible pumps.
  3. Pedestals can last two to three times longer than submersibles.
  4. If damage does occur, it costs much less to repair because you don’t need to tear up your basement floor to get to it.

Pedestal Sump Pumps – Cons

  • These pumps lack the power of submersible pumps, so they may not be able to keep a basement from flooding during a large rainstorm.

When you are ready to buy a new sump pump, ask one of our plumbing experts which kind will work best for your home. At Lake Cook Plumbing, we’re always here to help. Call us today! (847) 550-3801