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Sump Pump Cost

How Much Does a Sump Pump Cost?

low costLow: Average DIY $150-$350average costMedium: Installed Replacement $300-$500high costHigh: New Install $2,000-$6,000+

Most homes in wet climates are built so that excess water flows down to a low point in the basement or crawlspace. A sump basin/pit is a container or covered concrete hole installed in this low area, to collect water (from runoff and from seepage). A sump pump simply takes water from the basin and discharges it into a municipal storm drain system, an underground drywell or other designated area. There are two types of sump pumps -- pedestal and submersible.

Typical costs:

  • An average sump pump (pedestal or submersible) for a typical home runs about $100-$300 depending on the horsepower, materials (plastic is less expensive than cast iron or stainless steel), flow rate and the height the water needs to be lifted to discharge it. A sump pump with a built-in backup pump can be $300-$500, and heavy-duty solid-brass sump pumps start around $250-$350, but can go as high as $600-$1,200 for extremely rugged models with a half to a full horse power. Average total costs for a do-it-yourself installation of basin, pump, gravel and cement can run $150-$350.
  • Labor to replace an existing sump pump with a similar new model runs around $50-$150 or more. An average installation of a sump basin and pump (not including drains) runs about $250-$600 for parts and labor, depending on the quality of the equipment, ease of access and local rates. One homeowner[1] had a plumber install a middle-of-the-line sump pump and basin for $305.
  • A separate battery- or water-powered backup emergency sump pump is $150-$350 or more, depending on horsepower, flow rate, materials and other features. A backup pump operates during a power outage or if the primary sump pump fails. (Water-powered pumps use municipal water pressure.)
  • A professionally installed system with a basin, pump and drains in a typical home runs about $2,000-$6,000 for labor and parts, although it can go as high as $10,000-$15,000 for extensive drainage with more than one sump pump.
  • To add drainage into the sump basin without having to jackhammer through the basement floor, baseboard-style drains can be installed along the inside of the basement walls. Do-it-yourself kits are roughly $10-$13 a foot, or $1,000-$1,300 for 100 feet for a 20x30-foot basement. Professional installation bumps the total cost to $2,000-$2,600 for 100 feet.
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What should be included:
  • Typically found in a basement floor or the crawl space under a home, a sump pump is installed inside a sump basin, sump crock or sump pit. When the basin begins to fill with water, the pump expels the water into a discharge pipe. Sump pumps are designed to operate whenever the water level in the basin reaches a certain level -- which could be round the clock or only during heavy storms, depending on water levels in your home. The pump does not actually gather water from other areas of the home/foundation, it only pumps excess water out of the sump basin.
  • provides an overview[2] of the different kinds of sump pumps.
  • A pedestal sump pump costs less, is more easily serviced (since the motor is above the sump basin) and often lasts 20-30 years, but it's conspicuous and could be a hazard with children. A submersible sump pump costs more and only lasts 5-15 years, but is typically quieter and less obtrusive than a pedestal model. Both types of sump pumps range in horsepower from a quarter to 1HP; a 1/3HP sump pump is standard for most homes. North Dakota State University answers frequently asked questions[3] about sump pumps.
  • It's a relatively simple project to replace an old sump pump with a new one of a similar size (unplug and remove the old one; install and plug in the new one). However, a complete do-it-yourself installation of a first-time sump basin and pump can be hard work, including cutting a hole in a concrete basement floor. provides a video[4] showing how to install a basin and submersible sump pump, estimating the moderately difficult project could take 6-8 hours.
Shopping for a sump pump:
  • In addition to horsepower and flow rates, compare the mechanism (manual, automatic or switchless) used to turn the pump on and off when water is present, as well as features such as the length of the power cord (sump pumps should not be used with an extension cord). Home Depot provides guidelines[5] for selecting a sump pump.
  • The Sump and Sewage Pump Manufacturers Association provides a list of sump pump manufacturers. Sump pumps are available in most plumbing supply or home improvement stores, and can be installed by a plumber, contractor or someone with strong plumbing skills.
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The material Sump pump, 4 bags of Gravel, 1.5" to 1" adapter, flexi Pipe cost about $200 and $250 Paid to handyman in Labor to dig the hole (This place was wet and muddy as hell) for a 5 gallon Bucket to set in the ground. The flexi pipe brings water out from the crawl space to outside the house going in to existing French drain.
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Sump Pump Replacement
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Posted by: DE in Wilmington, DE.Posted: January 16th, 2017 10:01AM
Type: SubmersibleSize: 1/2 HP
Brand: Pitt Boss
Already had drain system installed, just needed to replace the sump pump in the basin. Cost of labor and material was $750.
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Change Existing Sump Pump
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: phoenix56 in Watchung, NJ.Posted: February 25th, 2016 11:02AM
Type: SubmersableSize: 3/4 HP
Not sure about the Brand but made of cast iron
The sump pump itself was about $165
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Sump Pump
Amount: $300.00
Posted by: Bob 58 in Shelburne, NS, Other.Posted: January 9th, 2015 07:01AM
Unless they had to dig a trench across town to hook up to the sewer, I think Roto Rooter owes your mom a lot of money plus an apology.
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Re: Maryizene in Erie, PA.
Amount: $1.00
Posted by: bbruce112 in richton Park, IL.Posted: December 29th, 2014 10:12AM
Unfortunately your mother was taken for a ride... unless there is more work being done, ALOT more work being done.
Are they drilling into concrete and making a new sewer outlet, then connecting it to the main sewer line outside?
Is it an overhead sewer system? (not really overhead).
Call the main Roto Rooter regionial office and complain. Also call your local States Attourney. The fact that there was no detailed paper estimate provided sounds like your mom is being scammed.
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Sump Pump - Cost to install new pump from scratch under a house
Amount: $400.00
Posted by: Handyman510 in Bay Area, CA.Posted: December 18th, 2014 12:12PM
Type: Sump PumpSize: Basic 1/4 h.p. Pump?
Brand: Little Giant Pump
Problem : Owner had large volumes of water pooling under house. Do to property situation redirecting the water away from house was not possible.
Work Description: Installed a sump pump under a 1 story house with a crawl space access of approx 24". Installation consisted of digging hole to install pump and resovoir (by small hand tools in confined space). Run electrical to a manual on/off switch 20' ft away.
Materials and Equipment Cost: Total $150-$225 Pump cost is $100 to $175. Resovoir -5 ga bucket with holes drilled in ($3)-water line to remove water ($10)- electrical wire and switch($25)
Labor: approx $240-$280
To install entire system took Approx 6-7 hours but the majority of time was digging out the hole for the bucket in a tight muddy crawl space. Running the electricl up into the house with a light switch in wall took 1.5 hours.
Total Typical Cost : $350 to $450
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Sump Pump installed for
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Posted by: ReviewTeam in Springfield, MA.Posted: December 16th, 2014 03:12PM
Type: Home DepotSize: 1/3 hp/10 amp
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Installer chopped up some cement in basement floor and installed pump inside a plastic trash basket that had the bottom cut out. He added plastic pipes and it empties into our set-tubs by the washing machine. I added some layers of filtering material so the sand that is picked up in the spring's rain water, won't slow the drain down. Roto Rooter is a thief! Three days cooling off period on contracts=cancel it. Call the BBB & perhaps an attorney. Always get 3+ estimates.
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Posted by: Maryizene in Erie, PA.Posted: December 15th, 2014 06:12PM
Type: SubmusedSize:
My 87 year old mother was just told by Roto Rooter it would cost her 11,000 for a submersible sump pump to be instaled and connected to her city sewer. Does this sound right?
They refused to give her a detailed paper estimate prio to the job being done. She signed papers and gave them 6,000 up front.
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sump pump installed basin out
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: Myriam Grosso in West Roxbury, MA.Posted: August 30th, 2010 07:08AM
A contractor came with a crew to instal a new Sump Pump in the basement,opened some holes in the existing basin so the water can go somewhere (?? To my surprise the old basin is still in there and the contractor said that wasn't changed because I did't ask for it (?)
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