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Tips for Buying a Sump Pump

Tips for Buying a Sump Pump

Is it time to buy a new sump pump? It may be if:

  • The pump is 10 years old or older.
  • It is making strange noises.
  • There is water at the top of the pit.

Tips for Buying a Sump Pump System

  1. Decide on the type of pump. There are two main types of sump pumps. See the table for a comparison.


Submersible Sump Pump

Pedestal Sump Pump


Sits in the sump basin with motor submerged in basin.  Stronger motor than pedestal pumps

Sits on a pedestal above the sump basin

Flooding prevention

Better due to stronger motor that pumps water out faster

Not as good

Other advantages

  1. Quieter
  2. Motor can cool quicker since it is submerged.
  3. Submersible sump pumps allow pit to be covered, stopping debris from falling in the pit
  1. Lasts longer (25-30 years)
  2. Less expensive
  3. Easier to maintain/repair


  1. Shorter lifespan (5-15 years)
  2. More expensive to install/maintain
  1. Noisier
  2. Higher risk of clogging
  3. Cannot have a lid, increasing the likelihood of clogs


   2. Most pumps come with a 1/3 horsepower motor, but if you are in an area that floods a lot, you can consider a pump with a ½ horsepower motor.

   3. If you are buying a submersible pump, buy one with a cast iron core. These will do a better job dissipating heat than a plastic pump and will make the pump last longer.

   4. The pump should also have a screen intake design with an impellor that can handle solids up to ½-inch diameter.

   5. Opt for a mechanical switch as opposed to a pressure switch.

   6. Make sure the float is solid so it cannot be waterlogged, fail to switch off or burn out the pump.

   7. Ideally, look for a pump with an alarm to alert you when the water reaches a set level.

   8. You can also consider a “smart” sump pump that can alert you to problems while you are away.

   9. No matter what sump pump you decide to buy, make sure you also have a battery backup pump in case you lose power.

Contact Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric for Sump Pumps

If you think you need a new sump pump, turn to the professionals at Ravinia Plumbing. We can help you decide whether you need a new sump pump.  And if you do, we can help you select the right one for you, and then install it.

We’ve been in business since 1928, and we’ve made a name for ourselves as one of the most trusted and reliable plumbing, sewer, HVAC, and electrical companies in Chicagoland. Contact Ravinia Plumbing online or give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

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