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The Difference Between Submersible and Pedestal Sump Pumps

The Difference Between Submersible and Pedestal Sump Pumps
The Difference Between Submersible and Pedestal Sump Pumps

We previously touched on the two types of sump pumps you can use to prevent a flooded basement. Below, we go into more detail about the specific differences between submersible and pedestal sump pumps.

Submersible Pumps

As the name implies, submersible pumps are submerged in water in the sump pit under your basement’s floor. Although pedestal pumps were originally standard for residences, it’s more common to find submersible pumps in today’s homes. One reason for this is because they don’t interfere with appliances, décor, or furniture.

Submersible pumps have a generous lifespan; a submersible pump with high amounts of sediment can last about 6 years, and one with low amounts of sediment can last about 15 years. Submersible pumps are ideal for those with bigger sump pits. While they are pricier, they’re more powerful than pedestal pumps—they can handle large volumes of water. Plus, because the motor is in the sump pit, a submersible pump is typically quiet. You won’t be able to hear it from upstairs!

Pedestal Pumps

On the other hand, pedestal pumps sit above your sump pit’s water. They come in two pieces: a hose that’s fed into the sump pit and a standalone motor that’s installed above the floor. If you have a narrow or shall sump pit, it’s better to use a pedestal sump pump because they don’t need much space. Just be sure that you’ll be able to fit them into your basement’s design.

One disadvantage of pedestal pumps is that they can’t pump water efficiently or quickly. However, although pedestal pumps don’t lend as much power as submersible pumps, they’re very durable. They actually tend to last two to three times longer than submersible pumps—especially if you properly maintain them. Furthermore, if a pedestal sump pump needs repairs, it won’t cost as much as the repairs required for a submersible pump.

Both pumps have advantages and disadvantages, so we recommend choosing a sump pump that fits your home and its unique requirements. If you have any questions regarding sump pumps, contact The Real Seal. We offer basement waterproofing in the Chicago area, and our team has extensive knowledge about sump pumps. We’ll make sure you’re using the correct sump pump for your needs.


Austin Werner

Austin Werner is the Owner of The Real Seal LLC, a basement waterproofing and foundation repair company. Austin believes that having a highly trained and happy team is the key to success. This is reflected through hundreds of 5 star customer reviews his company has received online.

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