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Avoid basement flooding with a sump pump

 

Unfortunately basement flooding is a common occurrence in Ontario. The good news is that many types of basement flooding can be avoided.

There are many negative consequences associated with basement flooding. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation cites the following impacts:

  • Chronically wet houses are linked to an increase in respiratory problems.
  • Frequent occurrences of basement flooding can result in long-term damage to the building and equipment that may not be covered by insurance.
  • Insurance rates may rise to compensate for repeated basement flooding claims, and/or the minimum deductible may be increased significantly.
  • Property value may depreciate because the basement is prone to frequent flooding.

A sump pump is your last line of defence against a flooded basement. A sump pump will pump the water out from the lowest section of your basement before the water level reaches the floor level.As the groundwater level rises it is diverted into the sump hole. When the water reaches the critical level the sump pump begins to pump the excess water out through a pipe, away from your foundation.

Sump Pump Maintenance is Important

It is important to remember that the average lifespan of a sump pump is about 10 years, and at some point wear and tear will take its toll - they are mechanical after all. Fortunately most sump pump problems can be caught early and can be avoided by regular maintenance and checkups.

Having your sump pump checked before the Spring thaw should be on every home owners seasonal maintenance checklist.

Most newer sump pumps come with a battery backup to make sure they stay on during those big thunderstorms that may leave you without electricity. It's a good idea to check the battery every few months to make sure its properly charged; finding out the battery backup is dead in the middle of a torrential Spring storm is not what you want to have happen.

Most home owners never think about their sump pump until it fails and they have 30cm of water in their basement. Don't let this happen to you - call Best Drainage in London Ontario to schedule a sump pump inspection before it's too late!