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 all four 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, Columbia, Moberly, and Springfield.

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.

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Sump Pump Reviews

1. Pedestal Sump Pump Systems

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.

Lifespan

Reliability

Capacity

Noise

Lifetime Cost

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.

2. Submersible Sump Pump Systems

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.