Why the big price range?
The price will vary depending on the following factors:
- Replacing versus installing a sump pump for the first time
- Type of sump pump you choose
- Adding a backup battery
- The plumbing contractor you hire
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Cost factor #1: Replacing versus installing a sump pump for the first timeIf you’re replacing your sump pump, it will usually be less expensive than installing a new one for the first time.
Replacing a sump pump usually only includes the cost of the new pump and possibly some minor plumbing modifications.
On the other hand, installing a new sump pump for the first time requires:
- Digging a new sump reservoir
- Plumbing modifications
- Possible electrical upgrades
Cost factor #2: Type of sump pumpYou can buy 3 types of sump pumps:
Submersible sump pumps are more expensive because of the benefits they offer. Let’s look at those below.
Submersible sump pumpsAs their name suggests, submersible pumps are waterproof. They sit inside of the sump reservoir and pump water out.
Because of their unique configuration, submersible pumps provide benefits like:
- Quieter operation
- Take up less space
- Stronger motors
- Less prone to clogging
Pedestal sump pumpsPedestal pumps are installed above floor level and have a hose that feeds down into the sump reservoir. During normal operation, the pump draws water out of the reservoir and moves it out of your home via the sewer line.
Although they are not as powerful as submersible sump pumps, pedestal sump pumps offer benefits such as:
- A longer lifespan (25 to 30 years, compared to 10 to 15 years)
- Easier access (which means less expensive repairs)
- Lower cost to install
Cost factor #3: Backup batteryWith most sump pumps, you have the option to purchase a backup battery to power your pump in the event of a power outage.
Even though adding a backup battery is slightly more expensive upfront, the additional cost easily outweighs what you would pay to restore a flooded basement.
Cost factor #4: The plumbing contractor you hireHigher-quality plumbers typically charge more for their services.
However, a high-quality, experienced plumber is worth the higher investment. A quality plumber will find the right type sump pump for your home and install it correctly, which saves you the hassle and expense of dealing with frequent pump repairs, or worse, a flooded basement.
How do you know if a plumber will do high-quality work? Ask yourself the following questions:
- Is the contractor licensed and insured? If so, you know they will obey local codes and follow safe installation practices. Pro tip: You can know if a contractor is licensed and insured by looking at their Better Business Bureau (BBB) profile. If the contractor is accredited by the BBB, then they will be licensed and insured.
- Does the contractor have good online reviews? Check sites like Google, Facebook and Better Business Bureau. If the company has good reviews on those sites, you’ll likely have a good experience working with the company.
- Do they give you upfront, honest pricing? If the company gives upfront pricing (preferably in writing), then you’ll be protected as a consumer. There won’t be any surprises when you get the final bill.
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