With all the rain fall in Ottawa lately, our office phone has been ringing off the hook to inquire about sump pumps. A sump pump is a submersible (under water) pump that works to pump water out of your basement in areas where the water table is high and you run the risk of basement flooding when too much water collects under the foundation of your home.
A sump pump essentially lies dormant until the water table rises. Once the float reaches a certain height, the pump kicks in and the pump starts working, directing all that water away from your home. When the fine gentlemen here at John the Plumber Ottawa come to install a new sump pump and pit, you can rest assured that once the rains hit, your pump will prevent your basement from flooding and all the damage that goes along with it.
Sump pits are dug at the lowest point of the basement, preferably near a power source as they stay plugged in. Once the concrete has been jackhammered we dig a hole and install the basin in which the sump pump sits in. Once the pump is correctly placed, gravel is put around, and the pipes are run away from the pump, up the wall, and out of the house through a one way check valve (this prevents any water coming back in). We then reinstate the cement around the pit.
Battery backup sump pumps do essentially the same, and are designed to kick in if you lose power, which is common during a storm. They are more expensive than a regular ⅓ HP sump pump as they are equipped with a heavy duty marine grade battery. The city of Ottawa does offer a rebate program for battery back up pumps which can lessen the financial load. If you have ever experience basement flooding due to heavy rains or spring run off, you can appreciate how important it is to have sump pumps that are ready to go.
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