Submersible v Pedestal: How to Keep Your Basement Dry with Sump Pumps

With the property market still in recovery, it’s no surprise to see the basement conversion market booming. Homeowners are constantly attempting to realise extra value in their property and if they can create habitable space underneath, there is huge potential to increase their house’s value.

Another reason why cellar conversions are on the rise is because of advancements in building technology. There was once a time where dampness affected the vast majority of these rooms, although this has since been eradicated through various damp proofing systems. One of these systems involves an internal drain and sump pump – with water being allowed to penetrate through the external walls only to drain away and be pumped to the outside again. This happens to be one of the most popular ways to deal with damp, mainly because it practically extinguishes the risk of hydrostatic pressure.

However, it’s not quite as simple as popping over to a pump supplies website and selecting a random sump pump. Instead, there are two options – as we take a look at submersible and pedestal sump pumps through the course of this guest post.

Submersible Sump Pumps

This is regarded as the most complex option, as it involves the creation of a hole in the basement floor where the pump will be situated. The obvious advantage to this is that the usable floor space of the basement will not be reduced, as the pump is completely out of the way. Furthermore, considering the fact that some pumps are regarded as being fairly noisy, the floor should be able to mask most of this noise.

Of course, most people are put off by the fact that you will have to drill a hole through your concrete floor in order to install one of these pumps. This also means that if your sump pump were to break, it takes a considerable effort to break down and repair it. Most submersible sump pumps are much more powerful than pedestal ones, meaning that this option will most certainly cost you a lot more money.

Pedestal Sump Pumps

As you may have guessed, pedestal sump pumps operate slightly differently and are actually split into two parts. The motor element of the pump is positioned above floor level, while the reservoir part is underneath the concrete floor. This means that it can still take a lot of work to fix them if the mechanism fails, although considering the fact that most problems are associated with the motor there is not usually a need to dig underground and inspect the submerged part of the pump.

There are several advantages associated with this type of pump. Firstly, they are much cheaper, with this relating to both the installation and the cost of the part itself. Another benefit is that because the motor and reservoir are separated, there is a reduced risk of any water damaging the motor. This means that usually, pedestal pumps have a much longer lifespan.

As mentioned previously in the article, pedestal pumps are seen as the less powerful sump option. Therefore, if your room is highly susceptible to flooding, it might not be viable to use one of these systems.

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