When I bought my house, it didn’t come with a sump pump installed in the basement. I tried realizing whether or not installing a new unit was an option I had to consider or if other expenses were important at the time. I had long heard about the troubles other neighbors had had with moisture and flooding, so it was crucial for me to understand whether I had to invest that kind of money in a new sump pump.
Eventually, I, as many other homeowners, took to the internet to find out the usefulness of such a machine. I quickly came across several stats and studies that showed that over sixty percent of American homes might be affected by some type of moisture or flooding at some point or the other. I talked it over with my wife and quickly came to the conclusion that the hundreds of dollars that I would spend on a dependable model were probably less of an expense when compared to the money I would have to pay on redoing my basement altogether, should it have been affected by a flooding. Another reason I had to analyze my alternatives was that our little daughter was suffering from asthma and any kind of mold would inadvertently lead to her having even more health problems.
Installing the device myself was something I wasn’t really prepared to do. Paying a lot of money on the services of a professional wasn’t an option as we had just bought the home and were considering a bit of remodeling here and there. After doing my share of research, I came to the conclusion that there are two major types of sump pumps that can be bought in today’s marketplace: pedestal and submersible. From what I gathered, installing a submersible model ( like the one I found in this article dedicated to sump pumps for basement) was way more complicated than a pedestal one so I started reading all the info I came across on forums and other online places where people go to ask for the advice of other homeowners. Eventually, I settled for a pedestal pump because it was relatively easy to install and so I only needed the assistance of an uncle who had a bit of knowledge about these things as he had also bought one not many years ago.
Why did I choose a pedestal pump and why did I have to buy it at all? When you live in an area that’s prone to hazards, it’s better to be safe than sorry. What’s more, pedestal alternatives are significantly cheaper than submersible ones, and at the time, it was pretty much all the equipment I was able to afford. After going online and reading about them, I had the surprise of understanding that some pedestal models are actually durable and will last up to or even more than a decade. Why’s this possible? Basically, all you have to do is install it above the ground, and as such, it’s far easier to clean and maintain compared to a submersible sump pump. Although it hasn’t been my case, if I need to ask for someone to come and repair the pump, I won’t have to reach the grave conclusion that the man isn’t capable of doing virtually anything because the pump is submersible. I only have to point out that pedestal models can be installed only in pits that are smaller than 10 inches, which, fortunately, was what I had on my hands.
All in all, I’m happy with my purchase and with the way the pump behaves. I can finally sleep well at night knowing that it will do its job even when we aren’t at home and as such, it’ll save me a lot of money in the long run.