Looking to install a sump pump in your home or business? While there are many considerations to make when undertaking a major plumbing job, one of the biggest things is the cost of having a sump pump installed. The device itself can be expensive, and the job includes labor costs, especially when you have a professional plumber do the job for you. However, if you want the job done right and as fast as possible, hiring a plumber to install a sump pump is the wisest choice.
So, do you have the budget for sump pump installation? Let’s look at some of the key factors in determining how much installing sump pump costs.
What is a Sump Pump?
As you may know already, a sump pump is a plumbing device that takes water from Point A and discharges it at Point B. Usually, sump pumps are installed below grade since that allows water to run towards the pump so it can be collected and sent off. There are two kinds of sump pumps that you can choose from pedestal and submersible.
Sump pumps can be installed inside or outside of the house. Indoor pumps are typically found in the basement and are great in areas (and basements) prone to flooding.
General Sump Pump Prices
The cost of a sump pump depends on the kind you want and the bells and whistles that come with it. On average, a sump pump costs anywhere between $100 and $1,000—but don’t let the lower end of the range fool you. Cheap pumps are not reliable.
Sump pumps range between ¼ and 1 horsepower motors, which might not seem like a lot, but surprisingly, most households do well enough with a ½ horsepower motor. A plastic model will run around $150-$250, while the sturdier metal models can cost a couple of hundred dollars more. Meanwhile, steel pumps with a ½ horsepower motor can cost upwards of $300.
Submersible sump pumps are more expensive than pedestal versions because they need to go underground and can require extra labor if your basement is already finished.
Installation Cost Influencers
Here are some factors that go into deciding how much sump pump installation costs:
- Location – This applies to two things: geographical location and where the pump is being put in the basement. Just like real estate, plumbers can charge based on where you are on the map. Next, consider where the submersible or pedestal sump pump must be placed and the work that goes into that.
- Flooring – If you choose a submersible pump, you may have to dig through gravel, concrete, cement, and other materials before the pump can be installed. This increases the cost exponentially.
- Backup pumps – Since you should always have a backup sump pump, you should think about getting one during installation; but again, this increases the cost.
- Drainage – How do you plan to discharge the water and where is it going? The price will be bumped up depending on how drainage is dealt with.
- Hardwiring – You might have to hardwire the sump pump if the cord is not long enough to reach the outlet. This can cost an additional $1,000 to $2,000.
DIY or Hire a Plumber?
Hiring help might not be your thing, but you should never take risks with something as important as a sump pump. A pro ensures the job is done right, without mistakes. After all, correcting plumbing mistakes usually cost more than the original problem! If you are concerned about the price, you should hire a plumber. That said, if you can DIY and have the experience, the cost of sump pump installation can be reduced close to 70% of the average cost by doing it yourself.
How much does it charge to install a sump pump? All things considered, such as the cost of hiring a professional plumber, purchasing the hardware and the sump pump, installing it, and other little costs here and there, the average cost can be anywhere between $100 to $3,000, with the median cost running around $750 to $1,200. But since water damage alone can cost $2,000 or more in repairs, installing a sump pump can save you a lot of expense later on!