Learn About Sump Pumps

Before you spend a lot of money, it’s usually good to learn at least a little bit about what services you need so you so you don’t overpay.

Learn about what kind of sump pumps in Des Moines, Iowa are right for your home. This article will cover all of the basic information about sump pumps and service prices. When you’re done, you’ll know all about sump pumps in Des Moines, Iowa and what is best for you. Click a link below to jump to the section you’re looking for.


What Is A Sump Pit?

A sump pit is pit that’s cut into your basement foundation and sits at the lowest point of your home. Its purpose is to collect all water that is gathering under your foundation. Your sump pump’s job is to pump the water out of the pit. This stops the water table around your house from getting too high and letting water seep into your home. The water typically drains to your yard, out to the street, or into a storm drain. Sometimes your water will pump into your sewer floor drain.

Types of Sump Pumps

The most common residential sump pump system is a submersible pump. This is a fancy way of saying it sits inside your sump pit and is submerged under the water. A submersible pump works automatically using a float switch. The float switch tells the sump pump to turn on when the water level fills up enough in the sump pit. Depending on the power of your sump pump, it’ll run between 5-15 seconds per run.



Sump pumps in Des Moines area should be a submersible pump for the majority of homeowners. You need a powerful sump pump to handle the heavy rains we can get. Additionally, heavy snow melts are common in Des Moines and create a lot of water. We recommend submersible sump pumps since they’re great for handling large amounts of water.



Another type is a pedestal sump pump. These are long sump pumps that can fit into smaller diameter sump pits and are easier to maintain since they aren’t submerged under water. They generally cannot move as many GPH (gallons per hour) or last as long as a submersible sump pump.


There are other types of sump pumps as well, but we don’t recommend them. Our recommendation is to use a submersible sump pump if your sump pit allows it (all new ones definitely will), but older homes might need to rely on a pedestal pump to fit their pit size, or for homes that usually don’t have water issues but want some peace of mind.

Battery Backup Sump Pump
It is HIGHLY recommended by us to have a submersible battery backup sump pump in your sump pit along with your primary sump pump. The battery backup sump pump will run on a separate float system and is typically only triggered during a power outage. This type of system is great insurance for your basement since the power usually goes out during heavy storms when it’s raining the most.

An additional benefit of a battery backup sump pump system is it will kick in if you’re experiencing unusually high rainfall and your primary sump pump cannot keep up. While battery backup pumps are not as powerful as the primary pump, any extra help to clear water away from your sump pit is useful to keep your basement dry.

Many of the top sump pump manufacturers are offering 2-in-1 systems where the primary and secondary (battery backup) sump pumps are connected already and can be dropped into your sump pit easily. Even though the sump pumps have been made easier to install, it is still in your best interest to have an expert do the installation for you so you can sleep easy knowing it was done correctly.

Sump Pump Service Price Ranges For Des Moines

Sump pumps in Des Moines, Iowa can be bought at any of your home hardware stores. We recommend visiting Lowes or Home Depot, and keep your eyes on sales. Sump pump service prices range depending on several factors: quality of work, quality of the products used, and type of drainage system of the house.