Posted on 11/26/2014

In a place like Chicago where almost every home has a basement, a sump pump is a must for any homeowner. If you are looking to have a new sump pump installed, consider the following factors when selecting the right sump pump for your home.

Sump Pump

Operating Type
Dozens of sump pump models exist, all of which fall under two broad categories. A pedestal sump pump has a motor that is mounted above a basement sump pit and is easy to maintain. A submersible sump pump is housed entirely within a sump pit and is specially sealed to prevent is motor from being damaged by water in the pit.

Submersible sump pumps generally offer greater, more reliable performance than pedestal sump pumps, but the horsepower a sump pump offers also plays a role in its performance. The more powerful your sump pump’s motor is, the more capable it will be of pumping out large volumes of water in short periods of time. If live in a flood-prone area, look for sump pump with a horsepower rating of at least one-third.

Pedestal sump pumps can last for several decades, but they are more susceptible to clogging and other problems than submersible sump pumps. Submersible sump pumps can usually be relied upon for a decade or so, but require less maintenance and are less fickle than pedestal pumps.

For your own peace of mind, you may prefer to choose a sump pump with a battery backup so that the pump can run even when the power is out. Some sump pumps are also equipped with alarm systems that will alert you when your sump pump is not working properly. These features will add to the cost of a sump pump, but can prove invaluable when flooding strikes.

At Arrow Plumbing, Inc., we proudly provide homeowners throughout Chicago’s northern suburbs with sump pump installation, inspection, maintenance, and repair services. If you are looking to have a new pedestal or submersible sump pump installed in your Libertyville home or nearby property, call us at (847) 549-9600 to schedule a service appointment.