Having a sump pump installed in your home can help keep your basement safe and dry. Water damage is now the number one threat to every home in Ontario. That’s why it’s vital for you as a homeowner to take all of the necessary steps to ensure your home is properly protected. It only takes an inch of water in your basement to do serious damage.
In part 2 of preventing water damage claims, we’ll take a look at the importance of having a sump pump installed in your home. (In case you missed it, you can check out Part 1 here.)
What is a sump pump?
A sump pump is an essential part of a waterproofing system used to help control the ground water levels around your home. A sump pump is usually installed in your basement, and is designed to remove excess water that accumulates in the sump basin in your home.
How does it help?
Installing a sump pump can help keep water out of your basement. During a storm or other severe weather, water levels can rise quickly. If the water table around your house gets too high, water can seep into your basement. However, having a sump pump could eliminate this before it becomes a problem by collecting and disposing of that water.
How does a sump pump work?
Sump pumps work with the help of weeping tile that is installed around the exterior of your home. The weeping tile works by collecting the water from the earth around your basement, and draining it into your sump tank or sump pit. The sump pit is a circular basin which is set into your basement floor. When the water in the sump pit rises beyond a certain level, this activates the sump pump to push the water out of your house through a discharge pipe.
Have a back up plan
It’s important to keep in mind, the storms that often cause flooding and high water levels can also cause blackouts. This can be a dangerous combination, as sump pumps are usually hardwired to your homes power supply. So, if the power goes out, your sump pump will not work. That’s why it’s important to have a battery back-up for your sump pump. In the event of a blackout, having a battery back up is a life saver!
How to test your sump pump
It’s always a good idea to make sure the components of your home are working properly before any problems arise. The good news is, it’s pretty easy to test your sump pump. Simply take the cover off your sump pit. Then, slowly start to pour a bucket of water into the pit until you hear your pump kick in. Your sump pump should automatically trigger and turn on once enough water is added to the pit. If your pump does not turn on, then there is definitely a problem. Call a plumber immediately to inspect your sump pump.
Protecting your home from potential water damage is an important job. Over the past several years, water damage has taken the place of fire as the number one cause of all insurance claims in Canada.
Although you can never completely prevent water damage, you can take measures that will drastically reduce the likelihood and severity of a water loss. Having a functioning sump pump with a battery back up system is an excellent investment in protecting your home.
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