One of every homeowner’s worst nightmares is having their basement flood from below. The smell, the clean up, and the cost are just a few things that will definitely put a you in a foul mood. But there are ways to circumvent your basement from flooding. One of those ways is by installing a sump pump.

In this article, we will give an overview of how much it costs to install a sump pump.

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Factors that affect the installation cost of a sump pump

There are a few things to consider, like are you installing a new sump pump or are you replacing an old one. Since the foundation work is already laid out from a previous sump pump pit, replacing your old sump pump with a new one is obviously much cheaper.

Type of sump pump

Not all sump pumps are the same. Essentially there are two types:

  1. Submersible
  2. Pedestal

Submersible sump pumps are the more expensive option of the two. They are more powerful and require a special perimeter and drainage.

Basically, the pump sits at the bottom of the sump pit, with an outlet drain near the top. When the water level reaches a certain point, the pump kicks in and pushes the water out through he outlet pipe. The pipe on the outside of your house will usually have a longer hose connected to it, which takes the water safely away from your foundation.

Pedestal pumps are a two-piece unit. There is a stand-alone motor installed above ground with a hose or inlet going down into the sump pit. These are cheaper than submersible and will also last a longer time. However, if your house is prone to high water levels, it might not be enough to keep up.

If you’re worried about comfort of living, keep in mind that pedestal pumps are much louder than submersibles because they are above ground.

DIY or hiring a professional Winnipeg plumber to install your sump pump

For a lot of us, we sometimes like to tackle home renovation projects ourselves. Obviously, installing a sump pump by yourself will save you a significant amount of money. But there are some very important things to consider.

  • Time
    • Do you have the time to do it?
  • Tools
    • Do you have the tools necessary?
  • Help
    • Are you going to have to call some friends to help you out?
  • Knowledge
    • Have you installed a sump pump before? Do you know what you’re doing?
  • Problems
    • Do you know what to do if any problems occur?

However, when you hire a Winnipeg plumber to install your sump pump, these are things that you no longer have to worry about.

So, when you take a look at the quote for your sump pump, just remember everything that goes into it.

Type of floor

If you have a finished basement, you might have some kind of flooring in the room where you want to put your sump pump. Normally, there is just a plain concrete floor, but you never know.

Adding any type of flooring that has to be ripped up and/or replaced will add to your cost.

Sump pump size

Just like anything else, the more power you want, the more it’s going to cost. Depending on how much water you normally experience during spring thaw and rain, and summer storms, you have a choice of varying horsepower.

How does your pipe infrastructure look? If you have longer pipes leading in and out, you’ll need a higher horsepower to push the water through.

Sump pump features

Nowadays, you can pimp out your sump pump…so to speak.

If you’re worried about power outages, you’ll definitely want to look at an option that includes a battery backup.

Also, you can get alarm systems set up that will notify you when water levels are getting dangerously high.

To help extend the life of your sump pump, you can also look into getting filters for your pump to help keep any debris out.

Worried that your sump pump might fail for some reason? Get two sump pumps installed just in case. You might even be able to get a deal!

Cost to install a sump pump

If everything goes well, installing a sump pump from scratch can take anywhere from 8 hours to a few days.

Then you have to account for materials, which includes the pump itself, the sump pit liner, cement, etc.

The average cost to install a sump pump all-in is between $1,500 and $2,500 in Winnipeg. Obviously, there are many factors that will affect this price (price is just a guideline).

In the scope of things, paying a thousand dollars is nothing compared to what it would cost you to fix your basement after a flood.

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