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Submersible Pumps vs Pedestal Pumps: What You Need to Know (Part 1)

Looking up the different types of home water pumps isn’t exactly an internet search that the average Joe will be conducting each day, so if you’re reading this post, it’s likely you already have some kind of idea of why you’re looking for a sump pump. Sump pumps are a necessity for anyone who faces the threat of water or flooding damage in their home.

The problem is, a lot of people don’t know a whole lot about sump pumps, they just know that they need them (and this is often prompted by an unforeseen emergency). That’s why we’re here to help. At Fura Inc, sump pumps are our specialty, and we can help you understand what to look for in a home water pump.

One of the most frequently asked questions is the difference between a submersible and pedestal water pump. While the former is more common these days, many people still find themselves with the latter in their homes. With a price disparity between the two types of pumps, it’s easy to wonder which one is right for you.

This is a two-part article; part one focuses on the quality-of-life aspects of the two pumps, while part two explores the power and functionality.

 

Location and Visibility

Submersible Pump

The immediate distinguishable difference between submersible and pedestal pumps is the way they’re installed in your basement. Submersible pumps are placed below water underneath your basement floor, so the whole unit is out of sight. This clears up more space in your basement, and leaves it less prone to accidents.

Pedestal Pump

The pedestal pump sits at the bottom of your sump pit, but its motor and the majority of its bulk is above ground. Unfortunately, this exposes it to those who may not have any business around a water pump, such as children who don’t know any better. If you have a pedestal pump, consider the kinds of people (or animals) that will typically be exposed to it. One unfortunate collision with the unit could render it unusable.

Advantage: Submersible Pump

 

Noise

Submersible Pump

Submersible pumps, being stored underwater, are much less noticeable when it comes to noise. If you wish for your basement space to be free of intrusive sounds, the submersible pump is probably an ideal option for you. The submersible pumps are so efficient and well-hidden that most homeowners don’t even notice the noise that they make.

Pedestal Pump

As we noted above, the submersible pump is more or less hidden, while the pedestal pump stands in plain sight. When it comes down to noise, one clearly stands superior to the other. Pedestal pumps are an older design and operate less efficiently, so they’re more prone to noise. And of course, they aren’t submerged so the noise that they do generate is much more obvious.

Advantage: Submersible Pump

 

Installation and Maintenance

Submersible Pump

Submersible pumps, due to their nature of installation underwater, require a bigger sump pit and are predictably a little more complicated to install and maintain. When it comes to maintenance, repairing one will require you to access the pump, which, yes, means that you’ll have to get into that pit, which is often easier said than done.

Pedestal Pump

There’s no way around it—from a maintenance perspective, pedestal pumps are much easier. Everything you need to repair is right there in front of you, and it’s less prone to damage in general, because the water can’t get into its motor like it can with a submersible pump.

Advantage: Pedestal Pump

 

Choosing the Right Pump For You

There are a lot of factors that go into choosing a pump that’s fit for you and your basement. At Fura, Inc., we strive to provide the best home water pumps on the market. Check out our online store to find a pump that’s ideal for your needs, and if you’d like to read more about the power and capabilities of these two types of pumps, keep reading onto part two.