Replacing Your Sump Pump

Tips for Replacing a Sump Pump

So you’ve got yourself a keeper sump pump. It’s sturdy, very reliable when the flood waters come, and has lasted your for years with minimal to no issues at all. But if it’s doing its job for the past decade or more, then maybe it is now the time for you to replace your beloved machine. The best decision is to not wait for your old pump to give in or break down on the next flooding or huge storm, but to install a new one in its place and keep your basement dry as a bone.

Or maybe your current sump pump just died on you, or if it fails to kick start when the water levels rise critically, consider buying a new pump and drain system. But also consider first to troubleshoot your problems. Replacing your sump pump is not as hard as it seems. With a few tips and tricks up your sleeve, you can save yourself the trouble of being potentially wet and flooded during the next wet season, and install a new pump system just like how a pro would do it.

What kind or model should you use?

If your current or old sump pump is still running by the time you decide to buy a new one, then the easiest way to replace it is by choosing the same model. If it’s already phased out, then go for a similar or upgraded model from the same manufacturer. That way, you have peace of mind knowing that the new sump pump is from a brand you trust.

If you decide that you want to change the model or type completely, then you should be aware that there are two types of pumps available for use in sump pits, as follows:


  • A pedestal sump pump has a motor placed high above the water to be drained. Only the pump’s impeller is placed inside the sump pit. If you can keep the pedestal pump’s motor high and dry, then this is probably a good choice for you. It’s also the pump of choice for those with narrow or limited spaces.

  • If you’ve got the luxury of a bigger space and a broad sump pit to match, then the submersible sump pump is the choice for your home’s needs. They are typically made of highly durable cast iron, and is made virtually watertight, thus able to be immersed completely in the water.

Many experts and homeowners swear by the resilience and hardiness of the submersible sump pumps, as they are made for heavy duty, and the water surrounding the motor keeps it cool and prevents overheating and eventual breakdown when they are faced with a ton of water to pump out.

Power Appraisal and Functional Cost

The typical sump pump used in residential and light commercial buildings usually runs on 1/3 horsepower. It is forceful enough to siphon out up to 2,200 gallons of ground water or clear effluent in about an hour of use. It’s relatively enough to survive in huge floods and rainfall.

                If you reside in an excessive flood zone, or if your basement is very far below ground and needs to pass 10 feet of vertical rise to get the water outside, then you will have to choose a more powerful sump pump of ½ horsepower. This means higher electric bills, and of course a higher price on its tag. This energy consumption can move up to 3,000 gallons in an hour of use.

                Still not happy with a half horsepower pump? There are ¾ horsepower sump pumps available in the market at a higher cost, and even bigger energy consumption, but they promise to move up to 5,000 gallons of water per hour.

Reserve System for Emergencies

                Huge storms and extremely heavy rainfall usually causes power outages, and whenever this happens, your main pump is rendered unusable. To prevent your basement from being flooded and submerged, you need to install a reserve system or backup system to remove the accumulating water.

                Backup batteries can save your sump in cases of blackouts. This is automatically used when the main power supply is out, and the sump pump continues to work. New models are already equipped with reserve battery packs, and you may want to check them out.

                Secondary pumps, on the other hand, are battery powered. It provides not only use during power outages, but it also starts when your main pump is overwhelmed with too much flood water, or if your main sump pump suddenly dies due to other issues.

Reserve System for Emergencies


Appointing a Pro to Do the Job

                Although removal and installation of sump pumps are relatively very easy, hiring a professional can help you identify other problems as well and check for the need to replace other parts of the drain system. If you’re willing to shell out additional cash, have the pro do it for you and be stress-free.

You can also watch a replacement video here.


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