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Sump Pump Maintenance and Repair Cost Guide

Sump pumps provide an essential service of pumping water away from or out of a home's foundation. The actions of the pump work to prevent damage to the foundation and everything inside the house. Like any other mechanical device, sump pumps can break down and need a repair. Before calling for a sump pump repair, there are a few things to consider about the cost and scope of the project.

National Repair a Sump Pump Costs

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National Repair a Sump Pump Costs
Average reported cost $431
Number of Cost Profiles 2475 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $52
Maximum reported cost $1,000
Most homeowners spent between: $331 to $458

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Average Cost to Repair A Sump Pump 

According to home repair experts, the average cost to repair a sump pump is $454. Most homeowners pay between $378 and $530 for a sump pump repair. A submersible sump pump will cost more to fix than a pedestal pump. A problem with the waste water pipe, interior drainage system or electricity that powers the pump will increase the cost of repairs.

Common Sump Pump Problems 

The most common sump pump problem is a worn out motor. Electrical problems are also common in sump pumps. If your home is in an area prone to heavy rains, flooding or has high groundwater levels, a battery backup for the primary sump pump could help to prevent a basement flood. The battery backup will operate the pump for 12 to 24 hours if the primary pump breaks down or if the electricity goes out.

Factors in the Cost of Sump Pump Repairs 

If your sump pump has visible rust, runs constantly, won't turn on when triggered, is more than seven years old, vibrates excessively or makes strange noises, it may be a better financial choice to replace the pump. The average lifespan of a submersible sump pump is seven years, while a pedestal pump usually lasts for 10 years. If the estimated repair cost is more than 1/3 the price of installing a new sump pump, it's usually a wise idea to replace it, as more parts could fail just when a heavy rain or flood occurs.

What You Need to Know About DIY Sump Pump Repairs 

Due to the risk of electrocution and shock, submersible pumps should only be repaired by someone experienced in working safely with plumbing and electrical equipment.

Last updated on May 19, 2016

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