A sump pump is a critical part of maintaining a basement and the personal property that is contained in it. The question is, what is the right pump for a particular basement. That question can be answered in a number of ways since there are a number of different options to choose from.
The first thing to consider would be whether the pump should be submersible or pedestal in nature. A submersible is one that is placed into the sump reservoir and will be in direct contact with the water that flows in. For aesthetic reasons a submersible is a good choice since it will be operating on the principles of "out of sight out of mind". A pedestal can be positioned in a closet or other arrangements to hide it away but the sound of the pump in action will not be muffled.
Safety issues may be a concern for those who use their infrastructure as another part of the living arrangements. Small children should not be allowed easy access to the pump pump at all so if the choice is a pedestal style consideration should be given as to how to prevent them from contacting the pump. Cabinets and closets with locking doors may be the answer there. With a submersible pump it will not be easily accessible to children.
Cost may be an important element when installing a sump pump for the first time or for an emergency replacement of the same. Since unexpected expenses can put a pinch in the wallet finding the right pump at the right cost does not have to be a big issue. The decision between a submersible and a pedestal can help remedy the dilemma. A submersible is going to be the more expensive of the two due to the convenience and aesthetic benefits of the product.
Whether installing a pump into a basement for the first time or replacing one that has given up the ghost, selecting the right size can mean the difference between no water damage at all or damage that is limited in span. When choosing between the two most people would opt for no damages at all and are wise to choose a sump pump that will be able to handle more water than could be expected to accumulate.