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How Much Does it Cost to Install a Sump Pump?

Sump pumps are installed in the lowest level of a home and are used to move water away from the foundation. The pump transfers water to prevent structural damage and flooding in a home. The water is deposited into the waste water drain and from there is pushed into the waste water system. The cost to install a sump pump depends on several factors. Before you arrange to have a sump pump installed in your home, there are a few things you should know.

National Install a Sump Pump Costs

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National Install a Sump Pump Costs
Average reported cost $993
Number of Cost Profiles 658 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $75
Maximum reported cost $2,400
Most homeowners spent between: $770 to $1,105

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Average Cost to Install a Sump Pump 

The average cost to install a sump pump is $1,212. Most home owners spend between $968 and $1,466 to have a sump pump installed. The actual cost that a home owner can expect to pay for installation will depend on the type of pump, whether there is already a hole for drainage, and whether additional features and accessories are needed.

Considerations for Sump Pump Installations 

A submersible sump pump will cost more to install than a pedestal sump pump. The submersible type requires that the interior perimeter of the home be outfitted with a drainage system that flows into the sump hole. Once the water reaches a critical level in the hole, the submerged pump propels the water into the waste water pipe, which drains into the municipal sewer system. A pedestal pump does not require any perimeter drains or a hole. They cost less for both materials and labor when compared to a submersible pump. However, a pedestal pump will not keep a basement completely dry as the pump sits above floor level and is only triggered when the water reaches a certain height above the level of the floor. Sump pumps come in different sizes and capacities; areas prone to flooding will need a more powerful, and thus more expensive, pump. Home owners who want a battery backup for their sump pump will pay more for this feature.

If You're Considering a DIY Sump Pump Installation 

Because concrete needs to be cut in order to install a new submersible pump, this isn't a job for a do-it-yourselfer. Setting up a pedestal pump is simple, but extreme caution must be taken if there is already standing water in the basement.

Last updated on May 19, 2016

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