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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.

There are many different sump pumps out on the market, so how do you know which one is best?

Foundation Recovery Systems’ Research & Development department has carefully researched each sump pump model available on the market. We take a long, hard look at this data to determine what the best, most high-quality sump pumps are to offer to our customers. We believe you only deserve the best, which is what we strive to offer.

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

If you’re interested in more information about our sump pumps, contact us today! We offer free inspections throughout central Missouri and Eastern Kansas, including Kansas City, St. Louis, Columbia, Moberly, and Springfield.

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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.

Pump Advantages 

  • Higher Capacity— Pedestal sump pumps are one of the higher-capacity sump pumps available on the market. They’re more capable 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.


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.

Pump Advantages

  • Higher 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.

Sump Pump Reviews


If you’re considering fitting your basement or crawl space with a sump pump, you can opt to collaborate with the Foundation Recovery Systems professionals in your area. Not only can this team help you better understand what kind of damage your home has suffered over the past months or years, but it can equip you with the sump pump that best suits your needs. That means that you can rely on the expertise the Foundation Recovery Systems team has garnered to ensure, moving forward, that your home stays watertight.  

Comparing one sump pump against another can make the differences between the two systems stand out. Comparing several sump pumps all at once, however, can make it difficult to distinguish the best of the pack from the rest. Luckily, Foundation Recovery Systems prides itself on its extensive testing, through which it is able to identify the sump pump that not only fits well with a homeowner’s needs but that will prevent the kind of damage that might demand extensive repair in the future. 

Gathering Data 

To kick off the testing process, Foundation Recovery Systems’ team must gather data on the sump pumps that it wants to share with homeowners. This data can include the following: 

  • Lifespan. While no home waterproofing measure is going to last forever, the sump pump you have installed should not only get you through the drier months of the year but should see you through heavy storms and lighter rains alike. The sump pump that Foundation Recovery Systems fits you with not only needs to have the power to drive water out of your home but a certain degree of longevity built into its system. This means you’ll want to invest in a sump pump with studier parts and a warranty that guarantees repairs or replacements should something go amiss within your first few uses of the system. 
  • Reliability. Consistency is up there with lifespan in terms of importance, when you’re considering what traits you want to see in your sump pump. After all, you don’t want to install a sump pump that claims it can remove upwards of 50 gallons of water from your home per minute to find that it only does so for its first and second runs. Instead, you want to know that your sump pump can continuously supply your home with the protection it needs, driving out consistent amounts of water from your basement or crawl space without requiring a tune-up. 
  • Capacity. The amount of water a sump pump can move also contributes to its overall effectiveness. Even if you live in an area that doesn’t see a substantial amount of rain on the yearly basis, you’ll want to know that your sump pump can move a significant amount of water out of your home should conditions call for it. 
  • Noise. While the amount of noise a sump pump makes while protecting your home may not be among your primary shopping concerns, you’ll find that a pump that’s on the quieter side is often far more pleasant to live with. With that in mind, Foundation Recovery Systems strives to connect you with a system that not only can protect your home but that also doesn’t detract from your overall quality of life. 
  • Lifetime Cost. Finally, you’ll want to install a sump pump in your home knowing that it can save you money in the long run. This means that not only should your sump pump keep water out of your home and limit the repairs that you have to invest in but that it should also remain in one piece for an extended period of time. Sump pumps made out of quality materials and that come with longstanding warranties are more likely to serve your home well than their momentarily cheaper counterparts. While the upfront cost may seem daunting, you’ll feel much better in the years to come knowing that you won’t have to replace cheap plastic or other failing parts thanks to the quality of the pump you invested in. 

Once this data has been brought together, professionals will compare and contrast each sump pump’s performance to better separate the good from the bad. 

Sump Pumps and Individualism 

While some sump pumps may perform better than others, the truth of the matter is that homeowners can choose to work with whichever pump they believe best suits their needs. This means that while you may have access to Foundation Recovery Systems’ gathered data and analysis, you are still free to select a sump pump for installation based on your own feelings on the matter. 

In the meantime, the professionals in your area will provide you with the repair services you need to bring your home back into order. Only once conditions within your home are watertight will professionals recommend installing a waterproofing measure like a sump pump—and even then, professionals will work to present you with the most effective options they have on the table. 

There are some qualities that make a sump pump unqualified to install in a home. These qualities can include: 

Poor Reliability 

As mentioned above, sump pumps need to work reliably if they’re going to protect a person’s home. This means that they need to drive water out without failing on a regular basis. If a sump pump is not able to do this—due to some manner of damage that it takes after its first run or due to the way it was made—it should not be considered a usable home waterproofing method. 

Foundation Recovery Systems will not recommend the use of sump pumps that fail to meet their advertised capacity level, that do not come with acceptable warranties or service guarantees, or that appear to stop working after a set number of uses (otherwise known as “planned obsolescence”). While the team attending to your home will note these products, should you wish to ask about them, the team will also recommend affordable and effective alternatives that can provide more consistent services for your home. 

Short Lifespan and General Inconvenience 

There is a significant amount of overlap between the “reliability” and “lifespan” categories by which Foundation Recovery Systems judges its potential installations. However, where reliability reflects on a system’s ability to function under pressure, lifespan addresses the system’s make. All sump pumps recommended by Foundation Recovery Systems must survive for more than a year at least to receive a recommendation. Any that fail sooner than that, either due to shoddy make or some other defect, will be noted at a homeowner’s request but not recommended. 

Such is also the case for sump pumps that seem to negatively impact a person’s overall quality of life. Noisy sump pumps, for example, may be effective and may live for a good long while, but they can be irritating to listen to as they work. While, again, a Foundation Recovery Systems team will note noisier systems upon a homeowner’s request, the team will instead put forward sump pump options that encapsulate the company’s overall goals: to provide you and homeowners like you with the waterproofing measures you need to protect your home for an extended period of time without decreasing your overall quality of life. 

Many homeowners are reluctant to invest in the repairs or installations they need for fear of how much these services cost. Installing a sump pump, for example, can be an expensive endeavor. However, the cost is often well worth the benefits these pumps bring with them. 

Understanding the Cost of Sump Pump Installation 

No matter what, sump pumps are an investment. Foundation Recovery Systems’ preferred sump pumps are the SafeDri™ range. Along with the high capacity, reliability, and long lifespan, these pumps also come with a high price tag. 

Given the high quality of these systems, however, a high cost isn’t necessarily a fault. More affordable sump pumps often use cheaper, plastic parts in their build, meaning that they’re not going to last as long once put into use. Similarly, more affordable pumps often lack the capacity to truly protect your home from unanticipated water damage. In this case, the higher price tag of a SafeDri™ sump pump is often worth the cost, given the kind of protection you’ll be getting from the product. 

Expense Versus Frugality 

Note that it is also in your best interest to work with experienced professionals when you’re trying to install a sump pump in your home. While you might think that installing a pump on your own will save you money, the process can actually prove to be more costly than seeking out professional aid would be. 

Not only do you have to purchase your own materials and tools, but you may also have to replace ruined materials or otherwise attend to damage in your home that you inflicted during the installation process. If you are still concerned about installation costs, you can work with area professionals to look over a free services quote and to establish an installation plan within your home repair budget. 

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Our Service Areas

Des Moines Location

2401 SE Creekview Dr.
Ankeny, IA 50021

Kansas City Location

211 SE State Route 150
Lee's Summit, MO 64082
(816) 774-1539

Moberly Location

1401 US-24
Moberly, MO 65270
(660) 202-8662

Springfield Location
1820 N Barnes Ave
Springfield, MO 65803
(417) 612-8286
St. Louis Location

1625 Larkin Williams rd.
Fenton, MO 63026
(314) 207-9995