Little Giant 518550 PE-2YSA Submersible Parts Washer Pump, 300 Gallons Per Hour
How to buy the best sump pump, with information on choosing submersible vs pedestal pumps, and tips on using battery backup sump pumps.
You can buy a new through do-it-yourself retailers, plumbing wholesalers, or waterproofing contractors. The prices range from about $60 to $500 or more, depending on the quality and features.
First decide between a pedestal or submersible pump. A submersible is out of sight and earshot, an important advantage if the basement is used as a primary living area. It’s also much safer if there are children in the house. But pedestal pumps are less expensive and easier to repair. This capacity is a factor of both the pump’s efficiency and the “head,” or “”—the vertical distance from the bottom of the sump to the highest point of discharge. A pump may advertise “2400 GPH,” but this may be measured at a 1-foot head. At a 5-foot head, that figure might drop to 2100 GPH, and at 10 feet 1800 GPH. Also note whether the pump is strong enough to pass small solids, such as leaves and twigs.
Materials that make up a pump also affect price. Look for parts and housings that won’t corrode—cast-bronze, alloy, stainless-steel, and epoxy-coated cast-iron housings are favorable, but avoid sheet metal. Polypropylene and related plastics are used in all grades of pumps. Pay attention to the power cord’s length, too. Power cords come in 5-, 10-, 15-, 20-, and 25-foot lengths. Extension cords shouldn’t be used with sump pumps.Little Giant PE 2YSA Submersible Gallons