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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:
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
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.
Though it is arguably the vastest system in your home when it comes to comfort and convenience, not a lot of people think about the overall state of their plumbing systems. In some cases, this can become a problem, since it makes it harder to detect leaks in a timely manner. There are of course signs you can watch for—water bills that have spiked without explanation, the sound of rushing water when no appliances are on, the sound of dripping behind a wall, and the sight of small puddles within your property where there shouldn’t be.
We encourage you to not only take the proper steps when you suspect a plumbing problem, but also read below about some of the most common plumbing questions we receive and our answers.
Ever wonder why?
Whether you’re having a new home constructed or you need to replace a dying heater, Climate Control is here to help! This can be a difficult decision—what is the best type of HVAC air conditioning/heating option for your home? Should you just stick with the central heating, ductwork and forced air HVAC system you’re used to, or should you get your warm air from a boiler heating system, or other ductless or alternative air heating systems? Whatever HVAC system you choose, natural gas, heat pump, or other, you want to use less energy to get hot air, avoid cold spots and have the most energy efficient home heating system you can possibly get.
Most homeowners in our area are used to furnaces, and for good reason! But these systems require a network of air ducts to carry heated air into various rooms. This is fine, but if you don’t have room for ducts, or if your existing ducts are old and damaged, you might want an alternative.
We suggest you consider a boiler installation! These heating systems operate differently from forced-air heating, and Climate Control can offer installation services and warranty coverage for these great home heating systems. They use a process called radiant heating, which is heating up objects in rooms so they send out heat waves throughout the space. Boiler systems can utilize radiators, baseboard heaters, or in-floor piping to spread warmth throughout a space.
Selecting a new boiler system for your winter comfort can be a hard decision, but there are a number of reasons why it’s a good decision and can keep you out of hot water!
The Comfort Bear, along with Dave Dennis and the rest of our committed team are proud to serve our local communities. There are a number of fantastic charities throughout the Kansas City Metro area, and we love it when we can partner with them and help serve them to keep their organizations running as smoothly as possible!
We are humbled by our customer testimonials such as this one, and we look forward to continuing to service residents and businesses throughout Kansas City, MO and beyond.
Hot water…ah, what a beautiful thing hot water on demand is to have, and we often can take for granted all of the luxuries of modern life – that is until the storage tank in our hot water heater runs out because 2 people are taking a shower after putting on a load of clothes in the washing machine and your hot water supply is zapped from the water usage demands being put on your standard tank water heater.
While being able to turn on your faucet and feel that cold water turn to piping hot, there may be a more energy efficient method, a tankless hot water heater and heating element type to turn that water tap hot without eating so much heat loss, and possibly lower your energy costs and have lower energy bills than that of a traditional water heater.
Let’s find out if an energy efficient tankless water heater is right for you.
There are many opinions and benefits of tankless water heaters and it can be a little difficult to get some clear information about them. Energy Star ratings, flow rates, warranty, installation costs and life expectancy are all questions homeowners have when it comes to a new water heater, especially water heater installations for tankless models, or if you’re converting from a gas water heater to electric models. Some say they love them, while others haven’t had a great experience with them, but moving from a gas burner to something that uses less energy and takes up less space is something worth considering!
So, what does a tankless water heater do and how does it work? Here’s the lowdown!
It seems that a common request we get from our customers is asking for more water pressure, especially at the showerheads. Let’s chat about what’s actually happening and what we can do to fix it.
If you’ve been following the Comfort Bear and our blog here for very long, you might have noticed some changes. The biggest one would be the change to our name! In our efforts to service your entire home and bring ultimate comfort to your living space, you can now not only contact our team for expert HVAC professionals, but reach out any time you need a plumber in Lee’s Summit, MO, too!
We don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty great to the Comfort Bear.
Of course, any plumbing system can only work as well as expected if it’s properly installed and cared for. Part of that care means having your plumbing system inspected and maintained. Why so? Read on!
When it comes to home comfort, the Comfort Bear would like to ignore strange noises coming from appliances in the home—but ultimately this would be a bad idea.
It’s easy to deny that something may be amiss with our heaters when they start making an odd sound, since fixing it can be a nuisance. But just like the Comfort Bear, you shouldn’t neglect these signs of furnace disrepair.
A rattle may be something as benign as an easy-to-fix loose panel, or it could suggest a cracked heat exchanger which can lead to a hazardous carbon monoxide leak. It’s important to protect your family—if you hear anything outside of the normal cycling of your furnace and air whooshing through your vents, please give us a call. We’ve listed below some of the common sounds you should alert us to.
Here are a few tips and tricks from the pros on how to get the best performance from your garbage disposal. We will also correct a few garbage myths out there.
1. Use plenty of water when using your disposal.
The fact is, most garbage disposal clogs could have been prevented by using more water while the disposal was in use.
2. Stage food waste in the sink basin before feeding in slowly
This allows you to ensure plenty of water is assisting the disposal while grinding food waste.
3. Feed the food waste slowly
The second leading cause of disposal clogs is overloading. Disposals do a much better job if we slow down the rate we feed the food waste into the disposal. Otherwise, you could find yourself facing the next problem on the list…