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Sump Pump Reviews

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.

Contact us today for your sump pump system installation! We serve Wixom, Novi, Brighton and many surrounding areas, including Flint, Waterford, West Bloomfield, Pontiac, Clarkston, White Lake, Burton and nearby.

Pedestal Sump Pump Systems

Pedestal Sump Pump SystemPedestal 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.

LifespanSump Pump Review Rating 2 Stars in Michigan
ReliabilityOne Star Reliability Review in Michigan
CapacityThree star sump pump capacity review in Michigan
NoiseNoisy one star rating for sump pump system in Michigan
Lifetime CostThree star lifetime cost review for sump pump system in Michigan

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

Submersible Sump Pump SystemSubmersible 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.

LifespanFive star rating for a long sump pump lifespan in Michigan
ReliabilityReliable sump pump 5 star rating in Michigan
Capacityhigh capacity sump pump 5 star rating in Michigan
Noisequiet sump pump with low noise rating of four stars in Michigan
Lifetime CostLifetime Cost for Sump Pump System of four stars in Michigan

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

Water-Powered Sump PumpWater-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.

Lifespanlong-life sump pump with four star rating in Michigan
Reliabilitypoor reliability sump pump with two star rating in Michigan
Capacitylow capacity sump pump with one star rating in Michigan
Noisequiet sump pump model with four star rating in Michigan
Lifetime CostLow cost sump pump with four star rating in Michigan

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 System“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.

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

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.