Does Your Home Need a Sump Pump?

Most people have at least heard the term ‘sump pump’ but a far smaller number can tell you what one is or what it does (other than “it pumps sumps” which is technically true Haha). As professional Markham plumbers, we have even come to realize that many homeowners have no idea whether their home needs a sump pump or not and in more than a couple cases the homeowners couldn’t even tell us whether or not they had one installed in their home.

While the actual job of installation should be left to your favorite team of Markham plumbers, the knowledge of whether or not your home has a sump pump and its location if you do have one is information every home owner should possess.

First of all, let’s cover what a sump pump is and how to tell if your home has one or not. If your home has a basement, you should have noticed whether it contains a basin which extends down below the level of the floor. This basin, called a ‘sump basin’, ‘crock’ or simply a ‘sump’ will contain the sump pump and will be the first place where water will gather as it begins to pool around your home’s foundation during times of heavy rain. The pump will contain a float switch which will cause it to turn on when the water in the ‘sump basin’ reaches a certain level. This is a very important feature to have installed by a professional Markham plumber in areas with high precipitation to avoid costly flooded basements.

Sump pumps are an absolute necessity in any area prone to flooding or with a high water-table, but are also a good idea in any climate. Many people keep their clothes washer and dryer in their basements which means they have to have plumbing installed to these areas which always runs the risk of failure and flooding by those means. These appliances can also experience a short in the event of a flood no matter what the cause and potentially cause a fire.

Sump pumps can cost a little bit of money to have installed, but their benefits far outweigh their upfront costs. The cost of repairing flood damage to the structure of your basement can run deep into the thousands of dollars and that doesn’t even begin to include the costs of replacing furniture and flooring that you may have installed. If you have any further questions about the importance of sump pumps or are ready to have one installed in your house, give us a call and a member of our expert staff will be happy to help you.