Sump Pumps: The Basics

Sump pumps are essential tools that defend your basement from flooding.

Collect Water and Move it OUT!

The sump pit collects water from the water table around your home and the sump pumps pushes it away from your home so it cannot accumulate or flood your basement.

Wired into your home’s electrical system, a sump pump will come to life when water is present and the pump will work to move it up and away from your home. Keep in mind that a sump pump should always have a battery backup in case your home’s electrical system is knocked out during a storm with heavy rainfall. During a storm extreme rainfall can occur and a sump without a battery backup means your home is at risk of flooding.

Let our expert waterproofing and foundation repair technicians assess your home for sump pump options and installation.

How Does a Sump Pump Work?

The hole, also known as a sump pit, is situated at the lowest point of your basement to collect any water that enters the basement. When the water reaches a certain level in the sump pit, the motor will turn on and pump the water up and out to a drainage system.

Make sure your sump pump has a proper drainage path, otherwise you risk gravity bringing the water right back towards your foundation. Remember, one of the core concepts for waterproofing is moving water away from your home and keeping it away. Water that accumulates against your foundation will cause hydrostatic pressure over time that can cause cracks in your foundation and water leakage.

If you have done lots of landscaping or construction around your properly lately, be sure no damage has occurred to your drainage routes, your foundation or your grading. If the grading has been changed, ensure that water is still flowing away from your property and not towards it.

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Sump pump location and type are important. There are two common types to choose from: submersible pump and pedestal pump.

Submersible pumps are effective, and they are sealed inside of the sump pit. One drawback to this type of pump is it is harder to reach for maintenance purposes.

The pedestal pump sits above the sump water position and are easier to access for maintenance. Long and slim, these can be made from a variety of durable materials, including stainless steel, bronze or cast iron.

Professional Tip: Make sure your sump pit is free of debris and protected with a battery backup.

For information on sump pump subsidies from the City of Toronto, you can Visit the City of Toronto website.