As another hot summer ends in Oakville, our office is well prepared and waiting for the phone to begin ringing as it does every year at this time to inquire about sump pumps. Autumn and spring experience heavy rainfalls and run-off in this area, and we get a flood of calls (pardon the pun!), with the W-5 on sump pumps and how they work. Here at the John The Plumber Oakville we like to share all kinds of information, and below is some general information on sump pumps for you:
What is it?
A sump pump is a submersible (meaning if operates under water) pump that works to pump water out of your basement in areas where you run the risk of basement flooding when too much water collects under the foundation of your home.
Installation of a Sump Pump
The pit of a sump pump is dug at the lowest point of your basement, preferably near a power source so it is easy for them to remain plugged in. First thing that happens is the concrete is jackhammered in the desired area, and then a hole is dug for a basin to be installed that the sump pump will sit in. The pump is then secured into the basin, gravel is distributed around the pump, and the pipes that lead the water away from the pump run up the wall and out of the house through a one way check valve (this prevents any water coming back in). Finally, the cement around the pit is reinstated.
That is the point of depth under your home where the ground is totally saturated with water. A sump pump lies dormant until the water table rises. When water rises and saturates the ground at a certain height above the initial point of depth, the pump begins working, directing all the excess water away from your home.
Battery Backup Sump Pumps
These are great to consider installing as they kick in if you lose power, which is quite common during big storms. They are more expensive than a regular ⅓ HP sump pump as they are equipped with a powerful battery (marine level), but if you’ve experienced basement flooding due to heavy fall rains or spring run-off, you can appreciate how important it is to have a sump pump that is ready to go no matter what.
Call John the Plumber Oakville today and one of our fine gentlemen plumbers will come and install a new sump pump and pit; you will rest easy as your home will remain dry and safe!