Sump Pump Reviews

The Best Sump Pump System For You

A Elkridge sump pump system that failed and lead to a basement flood.Improper sump pump installations can lead to moisture, odors, and noise coming from the sump pit. By selecting a sump pump that is reliable, quiet, long-lasting, and strong enough to keep your basement dry, you can be sure that your space is best protected from groundwater seepage.

With so many basements flooding these days, many different models of sump pump systems have been designed to handle this. The most common of these sump pumps are pedestal sump pumps, submersible pumps, water-powered sump pumps, and “floor-sucker” models.

Basement Systems’® Research & Development department has carefully researched each sump pump model available on the market to determine which types of sump pumps we’re willing to stand by when we waterproof your basement.

Below, we’ve provided a review of all four major sump pump designs, including the strengths and weaknesses of each one. Read on to see how we select our sump pump system, and discover which one is right for you.

Pedestal Sump Pump Systems

Pedestal sump pump system installed in a home in Elkridge

Pedestal sump pumps are pumps that are not meant to be submerged in water.

These pumps are mounted above the water line, with a long line from the float switch down into the pit.

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ReliabilityOne Star Reliability Review
CapacityThree star sump pump capacity review
NoiseNoisy one star rating for sump pump system
Lifetime CostThree star lifetime cost review for sump pump system

Pump Advantages

  • Higher-capacity — Pedestal sump pumps are one of the higher-capacity sump pumps available on the market. They’re more able than some models to keep up with heavy volumes of water.

Pump Disadvantages

  • Frequent malfunctions — These low-end pumps are notorious for early burnout. Pedestal pumps also “wander” in their sump pits and can jam their sump pump switch on the side, forcing it to stay on or off.
  • Noisy operation — Because the motor is out of the sump pit, the noise from the pump cannot be muffled by a lid. Pedestal pumps usually stand in open pits, which let in odors and humidity.

Submersible Sump Pump Systems

Elkridge installation of a submersible sump pump system

Submersible sump pumps are installed in a sump pit and are meant to be immersed in water when operating. The water cools the unit to help prevent burnouts, while the sump pit can be covered for noise reduction.

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Capacityhigh capacity sump pump 5 star rating
Noisequiet sump pump with low noise rating of four stars
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Pump advantages

  • High-capacity operation — Submersible sump pumps are high-capacity units that can keep any basement or crawl space dry. When combined with a battery backup submersible pump, they provide the best protection of available models.
  • Long lifespan — Because the cast iron housing around the motor can disperse heat naturally into the water, these self-cooling pumps are long-lasting and reliable protection for your home.

Pump disadvantages

  • Initial investment — While a submersible sump pump will outlast several generations of similar pumps, they cost slightly more on their initial investment than comparable alternatives.

Water-Powered Sump Pumps

Diagram of a water-powered basement sump pump system

Water-powered sump pumps are installed above the pump pit and are powered by your water supply instead of electricity. These systems use your town water supply and depend on your home’s water pressure for pumping capacity.

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Reliabilitypoor reliability sump pump with two star rating
Capacitylow capacity sump pump with one star rating
Noisequiet sump pump model with four star rating
Lifetime CostLow cost sump pump with four star rating

Pump advantages

  • Runs without electricity— Water-powered sump pumps operate by using your local water supply to help discharge water, allowing them to run through many power outages. 3-5 gallons will be used for each gallon of groundwater discharged.
  • Long lifespan– These pumps are long-lasting, durable systems that should continue operation for many years.

Pump disadvantages

  • Low pumping capacity— Unfortunately, water-powered sump pumps run at very low capacity. Heavy rains and water volumes will quickly overwhelm these systems.
  • Requires high home water pressure— If your home has low water pressure, it will greatly affect how useful these pumps are. If you experience a temporary loss of water pressure, they may fail to operate entirely.

“Floor Sucker” Sump Pump Systems

floor sucker sump pump used for dry basements in Elkridge

“Floor Sucker” sump pumps will only switch on after the basement has already flooded. They’re often used by contractors and many homeowners as an emergency pump to suck the water off of the floor before installing a better waterproofing system.

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Reliabilityunreliable sump pump model with one star rating
Capacitylow capacity sump pump with one star rating
Noiseloud sump pump with one star rating
Lifetime CostLifetime cost for a sump pump system with two stars

Pump advantages

  • Requires no sump pit or French drain — “Floor Suckers” sit directly on the basement floor. There’s no need to install a perimeter French drain or sump pit.
  • No installation time — These pumps are ready for use immediately, making them a good option for emergency use, or to clear out flooded waters before installing a different system.

Pump disadvantages

  • Does not stop flooding — Your basement must flood with more than 1/8″ of water before this pump begins operation. If you’re paying to dry your basement, this is not a solution.
  • Loud & low capacity — These pumps are low-end models that will not be able to keep up with heavy floods. The pump operation, sucking sounds, and discharge line will all contribute to significant noise during operation.

Looking for the Right Sump Pump for Your Home?

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Mission Home Services is here to help you get the right sump pump solution for your home. If you need basement waterproofing or have questions about sump pumps, contact us today for a free on-site consultation.


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