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Your sump pump: it’s one of the most important features of your home. Designed to remove water that accumulates in your house’s sump basin, which is commonly located in the basement, the sump pump prevents flooding and dampness and keeps homes free of mold and mildew.
When it comes time to repair or install a sump pump, though, most Michigan homeowners have some big questions about cost.
The Average Sump Pump Repair Cost
Sump pump repair is, naturally, less expensive than sump pump installation. According to recent estimates by home repair experts, most people pay approximately $454 to have a sump pump repaired, although the standard price ranges from $378-$530.
It’s also important to note that certain types of sump pumps (submersible sump pumps versus pedestal pumps, for example) cost more to fix.
If you have a problem with your waste water pipe, the electric system that powers the pump or your drainage system, it’s likely your repair costs will increase.
It’s also worth noting that sump pumps that are old, visibly rusted, running all the time or making funny noises may need to be replaced rather than repaired.
In many cases, the costs to repair these units greatly outweighs the cost to replace them. The average lifespan of a sump pump is approximately seven years, and you can expect to replace yours with that approximate frequency.
What Are the Most Common Sump Pump Problems?
Common sump pump problems include electrical issues, worn-out motors and broken parts and pieces. In places where flooding is common or heavy rains are standard (like Michigan), sump pumps work harder, which means they tend to wear out more quickly.
This increases repair rates and boosts repair frequency. To prevent such regular repairs and keep yourself safe from flooding, you can consider installing a battery backup for your existing pump.
The Average Cost to Install a New Sump Pump
Installing a new sump pump is only slightly more expensive than replacing an existing one. According to HomeAdvisor, the average home owner reported spending $1,120 on sump pump installation in 2016, although installation prices ranged from $300-$3,100.
Like repair costs, there are dozens of factors that influence the cost of a new installation. Some of the most common include the type of the sump pump (whether it is a submersible or pedestal model). This is important because pedestal sump pumps generally last longer than submersible models since their motors are not submerged in water all the time.
Additional factors influencing the cost of installation include the location, type of floor, area of the country and whether it is a professional or DIY installation.
Making Smart Sump Pump Decisions
If you’re unsure whether you should repair or replace your sump pump, don’t hesitate to ask a professional. In some cases, it’s wise to replace a sump pump that could be repaired, since there’s a high likelihood that it will wear out again in the near future. In other cases, you may be able to get away with a simple repair if the problem with your pump is minor and resolvable.
In any case, WaterWork Plumbing will be able to help you make a smart assessment of your pump and decide which option is best for you. Give us a call at 248-542-8022 or contact us today to schedule a sump pump inspection appointment.