NEED TO REPAIR OR INSTALL A SUMP PUMP?
A sump pump can do two main things for you:
- Keep your basement dry and prevent flooding
- Lower your house insurance cost
If you don’t have a sump pump installed, you should definitely consider the pros and cons of having or not having one. After the snow melts, and we get into the rainy season here in Winnipeg, there’s a lot of moisture below your house. You might be one good rainfall from having a flooded basement, but you would never know. With a sump pump, you’re can stay a bit more relaxed in knowing that you’re covered.
What is a sump pump?
Basically, a sump pump is a submersible pump that rests in a sump pit below your house’s foundation. Normally, a sump pump is located either at the lowest point in your basement, or close to the main drain.
When the water below your house trickles into the sump pit by way of a perimieter drain system of perforated drainpipes, the sump pump’s float switch is activated and the water is pumped out.
You can set a pre-determined level of water for your pump to activate.
New or existing house
Most new houses in Winnipeg will come equipped with a pre-installed sump pump. If you’re building a new house, this is definitely a feature that you should include.
However, a lot of existing Winnipeg homes do not have sump pumps. Dean’s Plumbing & Heating can help you out by retrofitting a sump pump for your home.
Sump pump installation
After digging out your sump pit, and installing the sump pump, there are two options for connecting it. You can either hardwire it into your home’s electrical system or plug it into an outlet.
You would want to consider a backup battery for your sump pump in case of electrical outage, as they usually happen during harsh storms when you need your pump the most.