What to Look for in a Sump Pump

If you are looking to purchase or replace your sump pump, here are a few guidelines to help you make the right decision.

If you’ve ever gone through the unfortunate event of dealing with a flooded basement, then you probably understand how important a sump pump is in keeping your home dry. Located at the lowest point of the basement, often in a specifically-designed sump pit, your sump pump’s main job is to take collecting water and send it away from your basement. If you are looking to purchase or replace your sump pump, here are a few guidelines to help you make the right decision.


The first thing to narrow down your options is that all sump pumps come under the umbrella of four different categories. The four types of sump pumps are primary, battery backup, combination, and sewage. Each of these types is a variation on the main task of a sump pump. As the name suggests, sewage pumps are not as much for basements as they are for carrying sewage to the septic system of your home. The primary sump pump does most of the heavy lifting, while a battery backup sump pump is most useful for power outages that would shut down a primary one. You might even consider investing in a combination sump pump, which gives you the best of both worlds between a primary and battery backup sump pump.


Sump pumps come with several different features to consider. For starters, there are manual and automatic sump pumps. You will have to turn on and off a manual sump pump, but the more-expensive automatic one will turn on once the water level reaches a certain height. The higher the voltage and horsepower of a sump pump the more power it has to move water out of your basement. These features and more are things you should factor in when you are looking at the different prices to fit your budget.


Lastly, you’ll want to make sure that the sump pump you choose is one you will be able to take care of without difficulty. You should be able to familiarize yourself with the different parts of your sump pump and how it will connect to the discharge line in your basement. Make sure to invest in an extension cord, if needed, for your sump pump and/or a battery backup system. You can do a simple monthly inspection without professional help to watch out for any signs of wear. But, you can also seek the advice of an expert when in doubt, for both purchasing and maintaining your sump pump.

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