30/09/2016 0 Comments
Do You Need a Sump Pump?
How do you know if you need a sump pump? And by the way, what exactly is a sump pump? Black Forest Plumbing can help you learn the basics about sump pumps and determine if one is right for your home or business.
Sump Pumps: what are they and do you need one?
Many homeowners in the GTA have had the unfortunate experience of a basement flood at some point in their lives. Even if you haven’t had a flood, excessive moisture build-up in your basement or crawlspace can lead to stubborn mold and mildew problems. Not only does that cause odors, but it can lead to very serious health concerns.
That’s why newer residential plumbing systems usually include a sump pump. They are particularly important for homes built on soft, flat ground where the water table is high. Across much of Southern Ontario, it can be very advantageous to have a sump pump installed. In the York region, around Newmarket and Aurora, it’s particularly important that you check with a plumber about the necessity of a sump pump for your residence. If water could be seeping into the foundation of your home, it’s imperative that you have a sump pump installed to keep your basement dry, and to mitigate any flooding potential.
How do sump pumps work?
Sump pumps are installed below the main surface of your basement. Excess water surrounding your house is collected into the sump pump basin. Most sump pumps use an automated flotation system that causes the device to turn on and begin pumping water when it reaches a certain threshold, which prevents flooding. The water that enters the sump pump gets redirected outside, away from your house, through a hose to an area where the water can drain safely.
Most sump pumps will be electrical, with a battery back-up in case there is a need for pumping during a power outage. Overall, they are well engineered to run smoothly and keep your property safe. However, the more frequently the pump has to run, the more likely wear and tear is to lead to failure, so it is important to routinely check on the status of your sump pump, or have a professional examine its condition.
Should you have a sump pump installed?
Even if you live in an older home, you may still benefit from having a sump pump installed. Here are three things that might make you consider getting a sump pump for your property.
- A finished basement. A finished basement is a significant investment and adds to the value of your home. A single flood can cause extensive water damage to your basement, furniture, and appliances - often beyond repair. For a relatively small price, a sump pump provides peace of mind, and that added insurance against flood damage to your basement.
- Previous water problems in your basement. If you've experienced water problems in your basement in the past, you should call in a residential plumbing company that services Aurora and Newmarket. They can eliminate all traces of water and moisture from your basement, and prevent it from happening again. Once your basement is professionally waterproofed, it’s a good idea to have a sump pump installed.
- Grading that slopes towards your house. When the ground becomes saturated, pressure builds up and will force water towards the path of least resistance. Cracks and fissures in your foundation make an easy pathway for water to find its way into your home. That may leave melting snow or rainwater nowhere to go but into your basement!
Finding residential plumbing services Aurora and Newmarket
If you think your home would benefit from having a sump pump, you can rely on the expertise of our master plumbers at Black Forest Plumbing. We will assess the situation and determine if your property is suitable for a sump pump. If necessary, we’ll be able to install one quickly, and you’ll be able to rely on it to keep your home dry. We’ll also provide you with all the information needed to routinely check that the pump is operating at maximum efficiency. To book an appointment, contact us today!