No matter where you live in the GTA, there is always a risk of basement flooding. Ranging from the miniscule to the legitimate, such is life when living in such a fertile landscape (that happens to be located on the shores of a Great Lake). Preparation is the key to avoiding devastation, and one of the best ways to prepare your home is by installing something called a sump pump. Statistics show that homes with sump pumps reduce your flooding risk by quite a considerable margin, and generally account for a small number of water disasters. So what exactly is a sump pump, you may ask, and how can it protect my home?
The mechanism behind the sump pump design is fairly simple. Typically, they involve (and work in tandem with) something called a sump pit, which collects excess water from various sources of the inner workings of your home. As the water level rises in this basin, the pump itself begins to work its magic; draining the sump pit through the discharge pipe, and leaving your home safe, dry and secure. These fancy do-dads come in three major categories, so it’s important to know which one fits your needs before beginning the installation process.
Submersible sump pumps are installed below your floor space, allowing you to place flooring and furniture right on top of it, effectively making it invisible in a finished basement. Generally, these are the quieter option of those available, pumping up to 7000 gallons per hour, if required. They can last significantly longer than their counterparts as well, due to the absence of failure prone seals located within the body of the pump. In most cases, waterproofing and plumbing professionals will suggest homeowners in the GTA go with a submersible sump pump, for precisely those reasons.
Pedestal sump pumps, on the other hand, are an older form of pump technology that most homeowners typically move away from. They’re loud and bulky but if in a pinch, their lower price point and easier install process does appeal to the right crowd. Some homeowners are attracted to the minimal plumbing work required to install them and to the idea that the motor is less prone to damage since it sits above the water. However, no matter which pump you choose, keep one thing in mind: sump pumps are powered by electricity, and during heavy rainstorms, power outages are commonplace. Having a battery backup for your sump pump is a must (whether submersible or pedestal), and the added protection is well worth the cost.
In fact, the city of Toronto agrees… offering a Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program which now includes a subsidy for a sump pump system installation! Work performed by a licensed plumbing contractor is eligible for a subsidy of up to 80% of the invoiced cost (to a maximum of $1750), and is recommended by official government channels. To find out more about this program, visit their website. And as always, for any questions about sump pumps or any other plumbing needs, feel free to contact Master Drain.