Want to Avoid a Flooded Basement?
No homeowner wants to deal with a wet basement. Whether flooding is caused by seepage through your foundation or a storm sewer back up, the damage to your home and property can be time consuming and costly to fix.
As climate change causes more frequent and severe storms, ageing sewer infrastructure is struggling to cope – and weather-related residential basement flooding is becoming all too common.
That is why it’s more important than ever to make sure your home has a sump pump, and that it is working properly.
About Sump Pumps
What is a sump pump?
What is a backwater valve?
A sump pump keeps your basement dry by redirecting water away from your home’s foundation. In most cases, it is installed below the floor of your basement and may be connected to the weeping tile system surrounding your house, giving water a place to drain.
To avoid a wet basement, it is important to check your sump pump at least once a year.
Installing a backwater valve may also be a good idea, especially if you live in a flood-prone area. This can prevent sewage in an overloaded sewer line from backing up into your basement. And that’s a mess everyone wants to avoid!
Don’t forget to have your backwater valve inspected annually to make sure it’s still working.
Looking for a Plumber?
When you’re looking for a plumber here are a few things to consider to make sure you get the right person for the job:
5 Causes of Sump Pump Failure
Since a sump pump is a piece of machinery, things sometimes go wrong. Here are five common causes of sump pump failure:
A power outage is the most common cause of sump pump failure. When the power goes out, so does your sump pump. That’s when a battery back-up sump pump can come to the rescue.
If your sump pump is not installed correctly, or if your sump pump is the wrong size, it may not run efficiently and could have a shorter lifespan. It’s always a good idea to have your sump pump installed by a licenced professional.
Your sump pump has a float that regulates the on / off switch. If your float is not working properly, neither will your sump pump.
Water will not be able to drain away from your basement if the discharge line becomes clogged or frozen. If you notice that your sump pump is not discharging water, it may be time to check your lines.
To help prevent sump pump failure, it’s a good idea to have it inspected by a professional once a year.
Prevention & Troubleshooting
It’s not always easy to pinpoint the source of a backed-up drain, and that can lead to frustration and mounting bills. A video camera drain inspection is a quick, affordable and efficient way to see what’s going on inside your pipes. This makes it easier for us to correct the problem, usually in three easy steps:
Drain camera inspection Identify any blockage Clear the blockage using a power drain auger
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Ask about our rebates available in your area
If you think it may be time to replace your existing sump pump, or if you want to learn more about a back-up sump pump or backwater valve, a Reliance Home Comfort™ plumber can provide expert advice and installation.
There may be rebates available in your area to help cover the costs.
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