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The cost of having a sump pump installed in Kansas City, MO,  ranges from approximately $1,100 to $2,400. However, the final costs depend on a variety of factors, including the ones listed below. We’ll explore these factors in detail in this article.

  • The type of sump pump you install
  • The size of sump pump you need
  • Whether you need to install or upgrade a reservoir
  • Whether or not you opt for a backup battery
  • The plumbing contractor you hire

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The Type of Sump Pump You Install

Your installation costs will largely be determined by the type of sump pump you choose to install in your home. There are two types of sump pump typically used in residential properties — submersible pumps and pedal pumps. Here’s the difference between the two:

Submersible Pumps

As their name implies, submersible pumps operate underwater. They are able to function this way because the motor and the pump itself are contained in one waterproof unit. Most homes have a sump pump basin underneath their basement floor designed to hold this type of pump.

Submersible sump pumps are designed to process solids and particles as well as liquids. Other advantages of having a submersible sump pump installed instead of a pedestal pump include the following:

  • They have more power
  • They run more quietly
  • They take up less space

Pedestal Pumps

The motors of pedestal pumps operate outside of the sump pump basin while sitting on a pedestal, while the pump section sits in the basin. The two are connected by a pipe that deposits water into the designated drainage area. This type of pump is useful for homes where the pump basin small. Other benefits of having a pedestal pump installed include the following:

  • They are easier to access for maintenance and repairs
  • They don’t experience as much wear and tear and therefore have longer lifespans
  • They are typically less expensive

The Size of Sump Pump You Need

As a rule of thumb, larger sump pumps are more expensive to install and maintain than their smaller counterparts.

Sump pump motors designed for residential use range from ¼ to 1 unit of electrical horsepower. The size of your pump will depend on the size of your home, the amount of rainfall your area receives, how high or low the water table in your area is, whether you live in a flood plain, and how deep your basement is.

Bigger doesn’t always mean better when it comes to sump pumps. A pump that’s larger than necessary will cycle off and on too quickly, causing the unit to wear out far earlier than it should. In an average home in locations that receive an average amount of rainfall, a ⅓ horsepower pump should be sufficient.

Signs that you may need a larger pump include a past history of flooding in your basement, a negative grade that directs water toward your home’s foundation, and water pooling in your yard on a regular basis after precipitation events. 

Whether You Need to Install or Upgrade a Reservoir

Another factor that will affect the final cost of having a sump pump installed is whether it will be necessary for you to install a reservoir or update an existing one.

If you plan on upgrading to a sump pump with more horsepower than your current unit, it will likely be necessary for you to expand your reservoir or even create an entirely new one. Because most foundations in the Kansas City area have stone, cinder block, or poured concrete foundations, each of these types of foundations will require time and labor to accommodate a larger reservoir.

Whether or Not You Opt for a Backup Battery

Because sump pumps operate on electricity, they will stop operating when the power is out. As you undoubtedly already know, western Missouri is vulnerable to high wind storms that may cause power outages, and torrential rains as well as the proximity of the Missouri and Kansas Rivers pose flood risks. Many Kansas City homeowners decide to add a backup battery as an extra layer of protection — after all, rising water and power outages often occur during the same time period, and a backup battery ensures that your pumps keeps working to keep your basement from flooding.

The cost of sump pump batteries ranges from $600 to $1,200. Factors that influence the cost of a battery include the type of battery and its pumping capacity. The good news is that it costs approximately the same for professional installation of a low-priced sump pump battery as it does for its higher-priced counterpart.

The Plumbing Contractor You Hire

Top-quality plumbing contractors tend to come with higher price tags. 

Although it may be tempting to go with a cut-rate contractor to save a little money, homeowners need to be cautious about sacrificing long-term quality for the sake of a few dollars. The costs involved in dealing with an improperly installed sump pump or badly crafted reservoir has the potential to far surpass any short-term financial gain you may get from hiring a substandard contractor. You wouldn’t want to be caught in a flash flood after a Kansas City thunderstorm with a sump pump that wasn’t up to the job.

Looking For an Honest Sump Pump Estimate? Call Climate Control!

Contact us online or give us a call at (816) 792-4111 today. Our friendly customer service will schedule a convenient day and time for your free sump pump installation estimate. We’ve been serving residents of Kansas City and surrounding areas since 1987 and believe in providing the same level of service we’d want for our own families.