If you’re looking to install a new sump pump, your first question is, “How much is it going to cost me?”
The cost to install a sump pump in Minneapolis ranges from $450 – $2,600, with most homeowners paying an average of $1,200.
After seeing those prices, your next question is probably, “Why such a huge gap in price?”
Some of the factors that can affect the cost to install a sump pump include:
- The type of sump pump you choose
- Adding a backup battery
- The size of the sump pump
- The type of floor
- The plumber you hire
In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at each of these factors and how they impact the price of a sump pump installation.
Cost factor #1: The type of sump pump
The cost to have your sump pump installed will vary depending on the type of pump that you choose for your home.
There are two types of sump pumps:
- Submersible pumps
- Pedestal pumps
Typically, submersible sump pumps are more expensive than pedestal sump pumps.
Submersible sump pumps:
Just as the name implies, submersible pumps are submerged underwater in your sump pump basin (the pit beneath your basement floor). Submersible pumps have an integrated design that combines both the motor and pump inside one waterproof casing, which allows the pump to work underwater.
Because they operate underwater, submersible sump pumps:
- Run quieter
- Save space
- Have stronger motors
- Don’t last as long (10-15 years)
Pedestal sump pumps:
Unlike submersible sump pumps, pedestal sump pumps are divided into two pieces. The motor is separate from the pump itself. The motor sits on a pedestal out of the water and above the basin, with a PVC pipe running down into the basin where the pump is placed.
The pump sends water up through the hose and out to your designated drain area. Generally, pedestal pumps are better suited for smaller basins, since the pump base is submerged, but the pump motor itself is not.
Because they operate above water, pedestal sump pumps:
- Last longer (25 – 30 years
- Are less susceptible to water damage
- Are easier to access
Cost factor #2: A backup battery
Having a backup battery for your sump pump is a great option if you want extra security from flood damage. Just know, including a backup battery will add to the overall cost of your installation. Sump pumps run on electricity, so if the power goes out during a severe storm, your pump will shut off when you need it most. This is where a sump pump with battery backup can come in handy. A backup battery allows your sump pump to operate in the event of a power outage during a storm, which can keep your basement from flooding. A backup battery may cost extra, but you can’t put a price on peace of mind when/if an emergency presents itself.
Cost factor #3: The size of the sump pump
Simply put, the bigger the sump pump, the more it will cost you to have it installed.
The “size” of the sump pump you need for your home is measured in horsepower. The more water you deal with, the more horsepower you need. For example, if you live in an area that floods a lot due to frequent/heavy rain, you’ll need a stronger pump than a homeowner who lives in an area with very little rain. The standard size sump pump for most homeowners is .33 hp. However, you can choose between sump pumps that have .25 hp or even .5 hp as well. If you constantly have a wet/flooded basement each time it rains in your area, the .33hp or .5hp sump pump might be the best option.
Cost factor #4: The type of floor
The harder it is for a plumber to dig through your type of floor, the more work it will take to install your sump pump. More work means more money out of your pocket. Sump pumps are typically installed in unfinished basements and crawlspaces that have either exposed concrete or cement floors. Concrete and cement floors will require more equipment, time and labor to dig through, which will increase the total cost of the installation. Exposed floors that are made out of gravel, on the other hand, are much easier to dig through and don’t require as much equipment or hard labor.
Cost factor #5: The plumber you hire
The plumber you hire has a direct impact on the overall cost to install your sump pump. A general rule of thumb is that the more experienced the plumber, the more they typically charge for an installation. But keep in mind that with higher-quality plumbing pros, you’re paying for a job that’s done right the first time around. And that saves you valuable time and money in the long run. That said, we strongly suggest choosing to pay more upfront for a high-quality plumber. How do you find a high-quality plumbing pro? Look for the following traits:
- Is the plumber licensed and insured? The best way to find out if a contractor is licensed and insured is by looking at their Better Business Bureau (BBB) profile. If the contractor is accredited by the BBB, it means they are licensed and insured.
- Does the plumber have credible online reviews? Be thorough and check sites like Google, Facebook, and Better Business Bureau. If the company seems to have good reviews on those sites, it means you’ll likely have a good experience working with them.
- Are they transparent when it comes to pricing? If the company gives you clear, upfront pricing (in writing), you’re protected as a consumer. So, there shouldn’t be any hidden costs or surprises later on.
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