How Does a Pedestal Sump Pump Work?

If you live in a home that has a basement and the area you live in is notorious for flooding, a pedestal sump pump is an essential tool to help you get the flood waters out of your home.

What is a Pedestal Sump Pump

A pedestal sump pump is essentially a pump that is attached to a pedestal with a long pipe extending from the motor.


Investing anywhere from $64 to $160 in these type pumps will pay for itself over and over in the repair costs it saves you from floods in your home.

How it Works

When you have an area that has been overcome by flood waters, the pipe that leads downward from the motor on the pedestal goes to the bottom of what is called the sump pump pit. A float is attached to a metal rod to a switch on the pump. When the sump pump is in action, the water is sucked into the pipe that is in the sump pit and flows into a different pipe that leads to your home's sewer system.

Difference between Pedestal and Submersible Pumps

A pedestal pump is much different than a traditional submersible sump pump because the pedestal sump pump motor does not get submerged in the water. This is helpful to prevent any malfunctions in your motor.