Here at John the plumber Oshawa, we always call the spring season the flood season. We receive many questions about sump pumps and we are here to expand your knowledge of them. You may be buying a new home and wondering whether you need to have a sump pump. Or you may have a sump pump in your existing home and have always wondered exactly what the heck they do. Just because you never had flooding in your home doesn’t mean that your sump pump doesn’t need to be inspected on a regular basis. An ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure in this case.
If your basement floods you’re not just looking at a minor issue here. Water will come in very very quickly and can damage absolutely everything. The cost incurred can be gigantic as well as the frustration of having to redo your basement and go through insurance. If you live in an area of low elevation or where rapid snowmelt is an issue, you will definitely want a sump pump. Your insurance company may even require one based on your address. Many new homes in Oshawa have sump pumps already built into them.
So what exactly are sump pumps?
A sump pump is designed to keep water away from the interior of your basement. It is always installed in the lowest part of your home in the basement. Its main job is to keep the area under the foundation dry and prevent flooding. More often than not, a sump pump is the submersible style and is in a sump pit that has been dug out in your basement. Water comes into the sump pump either from pipes leading into it or from collecting water from the soil below. Its job is essentially to move the water out of the pit and away from your home quickly. The pit has a gravel base and as the pit fills with water the pump turns on and pumps the water through a pipe exiting your building. Usually this pipe has a check valve to ensure that no water flows back into the pit. Most sump pumps have an automatic float or a sensor that causes it to leap into action once the water reaches a certain level.
Sump pumps should always be installed by a licensed plumber in Oshawa. There are just too many things that can go wrong if you are installing it incorrectly. Call John the Plumber Oshawa today and we will gladly send the plumber over to give you an estimate for the installation of a new sump pump.