How much should I expect to pay for a sump pump?

Is basement flooding leaving you all wet? Find out how much a sump pump costs with our handy guide.
A sump pump is a drainage-tile system that is placed under the floor of your basement that channels water into a pit. Some houses (depending on location, climate conditions, and building structure) have an unavoidable problem with flooding due to natural weather and environmental conditions.

A sump pump helps channel that water to a designated area other than your home. Sometimes water in your basement is a result of other issues that need to be addressed-for example, your gutters might be clogged or the downspouts are allowing pools of water to build up too close to the home. If you've checked all drainage installed around your home and you still have basement flooding, it's time to consider a sump pump.

If you choose to have a professional install a sump pump for you, keep in mind that the quality of equipment, ease of access, and local rates will influence the overall cost.

Typical Costs for an Average Sump Pump

  • Low-End Estimate: $100

  • High-End Estimate: $1,200
There are four types of sump pump models available: pedestal, submersible, water-powered, and floor suckers.
  • Pedestal Sump Pumps ($30 - $1,000)

    A pedestal sump pump is an upright electric sump pump whose motor is located above the pump as it is not meant to get wet.

    It has a float-activated switch that turns the pump on when the water reaches a certain level. It's ideal for basements needing frequent water drainage.

    They are usually the least expensive but tend to be noisier than the submersibles.

  • Submersible Sump Pumps ($50 - $1,500)

    A submersible sump pump is installed in ground and specifically designed to function underwater.

    It has the same float-activated switch as the pedestal.

    Submersibles are more expensive, but boast a longer life than the pedestal type.

    Their sealed, oil-cooled motors are protected from moisture and dust, making them quieter.

  • Water-Powered Sump Pumps ($130 - $460)

    A water-powered sump pump runs off the water pressure from your home plumbing system.

    It has the same float-activated switch as the electric sump pump types, and handles water at a comparable rate.

    Since the water-powered pump requires no electricity to operate, it is often installed alongside an electric sump and used as a back up system during a power failure.

  • Floor Suckers ($60 - $125)

    Floor suckers are used mostly in basements, cellars or crawl spaces which do not have an actual sump pit.

    They remove water to within a 1/8" of the floor.

    They're available in various flow rates, under manual or automatic operation.

    Some floor suckers are electronically controlled.

Additional Costs for Sump Pump Installation (Professional Services)

  • Typical Installation

    Low-End Estimate: $2,000

    High-End Estimate: $6,000

    This cost references the overall cost for the sump pump, basin, and drainage installation.

    Systems with multiple sump pumps can cost significantly more.

  • Sump Pump and Basin Installation Only

    Low-End Estimate: $250

    High-End Estimate: $600

  • Installing a Backup Emergency Pump

    Low-End Estimate: $150

    High-End Estimate: $300

    A backup pump operates during a power outage or if the primary sump pump fails.

  • Installing Baseboard-Style Drains

    Low-End Estimate: $2,000

    High-End Estimate: $2,600

What to Expect from Sump Pump Professional Installers

  • The professional installer will determine if any pipes or other obstructions are underground where the sump pump and pit should be installed.

  • The professional installer will use a jackhammer to break through the concrete floor wall.

  • The sump basin goes into the hole.

  • The sump pump is installed, including all related drainage pipes and electrical connections.

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