Platinum Plumbing Inc.

Reliable Bloomington Normal Sump Pump Installation & Repair Services

It’s Illinois, and it rains A LOT (except for when it doesn’t because it’s Illinois). If it rains, it pours, and you’ll need to make sure you have the right sump pump that works properly so that you don’t end up with a dirty pool in your basement. Not only will Platinum Plumbing install or repair a sump pump, they will make sure that you have the right pump to fit your needs. Call 309-516-0123.

Do I Need a Sump Pump?

A sump pump, located in the basement, pumps water out (obviously) and discharges it to the outdoors. Have you ever tried cleaning out a flooded basement with a slow drain, fans, and a shop vac? We don’t recommend it. So, do you need one?

If you don’t know the answer to this question, then chances are that you have a working sump pump or you don’t have flooding issues in your basement. If there is water in the basement (more than a dehumidifier can handle), we encourage you to check a few things before you decide to have one installed. This can be a pricey process, and we want our customers to have the best possible service. Here are things to look for:

If you are still unsure if you need one or if your current pump isn’t working, go ahead and call us for a consultation. We’ll check it out for a low price of $49. If you do need us for any service, that amount will be wrapped into the final cost.

Types of Sump Pumps

You’re basically looking at primary pumps. These are pretty standard in homes, though there are fancy kinds available like battery backups if the power goes out and Wifi Sump Pumps that will send real-time alerts to your phone. But, mostly, you’ll need to consider whether you want the pump to be above or below the base of your sump pit.


You’re probably going to need these in older houses (which are prominent in the Bloomington-Normal area). The pedestal pump is located above the water of the sump pit and is good for pits that are narrow or shallow. These pumps can last between 25 and 30 years, and they are cheaper and easier to repair. However, they are not as good for heavy-duty flooding and clogs, and they are somewhat loud.


I’m sure it goes without saying that this kind of pump sits below the water in the pit, but it is also covered with a lid. This helps reduce noise and will keep debris from going into the pit. These have become more popular in recent years, so they are best for newer homes. Submersible pumps last around 15 years and are better for heavy-duty flooding.

Don’t Be a Wet Basement

Wet basements can cause all sorts of issues from mold to electrical damage to just plain wading around in your own waste. There can be all kinds of unforeseen causes like heavy rainfall, winter thaw (again, it’s Illinois—you can get 12” of snow one day and 70 degrees and sunshine the next), and burst pipes. We just want what’s best for our customers. Call us today for questions or advice for installation, repair, or replacement. 

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