The sump pump. That item in your basement that you may not be aware of or you may not understand how it works and what it does. When we get heavy rains in Ottawa or spring has come and the snow is melting, you’ll want this item in your home to prevent flooding. If you notice water spots or small floods in your basement it may be time for a sump pump replacement.
What is a Sump Pump
A sump pump is designed to keep water away from the interior of your basement. It is almost always installed in the lowest part of your home. It’s main job is to keep the area under your home (the foundation) dry to prevent flooding when we get heavy rains of in the spring when the snow melts. Often times the sump pump is the submersible style and is installed in a sump pit. This is a hole dug into your basement. Water comes into the sump pump either from pipes leading to it or from collecting water from the soil below your home. It’s main job is to move the water from the pit and away from your home. Keeping it nice and dry.
The pit for your sump pump is dug at the lowest point of your basement. Preferably near a power source as it is an item that will need power and should be plugged in. But if the power does go out, the installation of a sump pump back up is something you may want to consider. First the concrete is jack-hammered in the installation area. Then a hole is dug for a basin to be installed so the sump pump has a place to sit in. The pump is then secured into the basin and gravel is distributed around the pump to fill it in. After this the pipes are installed that will lead the water away from your home thought a one way valve (so no water can get back in). Finally the finishing touches of cement.
Sump Pump Replacement
Even though a sump pump can last for many many years you may at some point require a sump pump replacement. Maybe you just bought a new home and you’re not sure how old the sump pump is. Or maybe it’s just not doing the job that it used to. Our Ottawa Plumbers will be happy to help with your new sump pump replacement.
Our Ottawa Plumbers are more then happy to assist you in repairing your existing sump pump. Maybe you’ve noticed that your sump pump just isn’t working like it used to. Maybe it’s not fully draining water, and you may see some damp spots on the concrete in your basement. Or maybe it’s started to make more noise then usual and coming on even when it’s not raining. This is when you should give our Ottawa Plumbers a call to come check out what might be going on. They can come to your home and let you know if it’s something that can be fixed or if you’ll need a sump pump replacement.