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Buyer's Guide: How to Pick the Perfect Pedestal Sump Pump. Expert advice on how to select the perfect pedestal sump pump. Sump Pumps Direct product experts provide information on what types of pedestal sump pumps are best for your water removal needs

Pedestal Sump Pump Buyer's Guide

How To Pick The Perfect Pedestal Sump Pump

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Pedestal Sump Pump Buyer's Guide

Pedestal sump pumps sit on a pedestal that keeps them out of the water.

Unlike submersible pumps, these don't have the motor-cooling advantage of being surrounded with water.

Pedestal pumps were the standard before submersible pumps became popular.

While they are becoming less common in residential applications, manufacturers still produce these pumps, but the offerings are limited compared to submersible pumps.

What Pedestal Pump is Right For You?

Check Primary Pump

All pumps have a data plate on them. Simply find your pumpís HP, and then move on to the next step.

Monitor Pump Performance

Simply pay attention to how often your pump runs. Try to do this during a period of time when itís raining outside.

If you're replacing an existing pump, choose the same size pump that you had before. If your current pump just isn't keeping up, go with the next higher HP.

If you've never had a sump pump before, a 1/3 HP or 1/2 HP will meet the needs of most applications.

Things To Consider

Horsepower- Typically, the higher the horsepower, the higher the output. If you can afford a higher HP pump, don't hesitate.

Since the float switches on these pumps are fully adjustable, you'll be able to prevent short-cycling and move more water.

Housing Material- Older pedestal pumps were usually made of cast iron. You can still get them today and they hold up to wear and tear better than other materials.

Thermoplastic pumps have become more common, they allow you to purchase a higher hp pump at a lower price compared to the cast iron version.

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