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Backwater Valve & Sump Pump



One of the solutions we offer that is extremely effective at controlling water and redirecting it out of your basement is a sump pump. Before beginning any project it is important to assess the situation and understand how the water is seeping into your basement.



A highly effective way to redirect water away from your home’s foundation and footings, ensuring your basement remains dry, and your home stable, is a sump pump.

It is connected to your weeping tile system (also called a drainage tile, pushing underground water away from your home), surrounding the perimeter of the house, so it doesn’t overflow due to heavy rain and storms.

The old method of draining a weeping tile was to connect it to your existing drainage system, which is already deteriorating and cannot keep up with the larger volumes of water due to heavy rainfall that we are experiencing in the region. This type of system guarantees that your home would eventually get flooded if not addressed properly.

If you’re unaware of your existing system in place and you’re wondering if you have an effective sump pump already, contact us so we can do a free on-site assessment to give you a better understanding of the whole system in your home. It is much better to get ahead of any potential, longer-range flooding issues.


More and more, municipalities are having difficulty with their sewer systems. The world’s climate is changing rapidly. Global warming means an increase in precipitation. Municipalities are finding it more and more challenging to keep up with the larger volumes of water from storms that hit Burlington and the surrounding GTA.

As a result, more and more basements in the Burlington community have been experiencing leaks, having not been waterproofed properly. Canada Waterproofers Burlington offers a solution to these challenges. We will diagnose if there are any weak points in your home and ensure they are corrected. We offer a free on-site assessment on your home, to protect it against any future flooding, all using the latest technology.


The initial process to a sump pump installation involves severing the old weeping tile connection to the city sewer system. This will aid against flooding. We also highly recommend the installation of a sewer back-up valve, also known as backwater valve, in order to protect your home’s basement from sewage back-up that is coming from the city.

Be sure to check out our drain section to read more about backwater valves and how important they are for flood protection, saving you money in the long run.

A sump pump is made up of three main features:

  •  The first consists of a tank that holds the water that is drained from a weeping tile
  • A pump that gets rid of the water from the basement by pumping it up and out of the basement to a drainage point that is predetermined in consultation with our team of professionals
  • An optional and recommended feature that can be added to the sump pump is a battery back-up system and alarm that alerts you when the pump is not functioning properly


Separate from the sump pump, the battery back-up system runs off of a marine battery in case of a power failure. If that occurs, the battery will start the back-up pump automatically, which can continue to pump water out of your basement and keep it dry without the use of power for up to 24 hours.

The alarm is also included in the battery system as a means to inform you when the battery back-up system is in use, so that you are aware that the main pump is not functioning. The battery back-up pump is an effective addition to a sump pump. We highly recommend using it as part of your waterproofing solution for your home.


Another solution that is available as a back-up pump is a water back-up system. It uses your water supply as a form of energy that turns the pump’s turbine and pumps water out of your basement. That’s the main benefit of this system. There are no time constraints in terms of how long the pump can run. As long as there is a water supply, the pump will continuously work.

There is a minimum requirement of 3/4″ water supply line from the city that enters into your home in order for this pump to work correctly. If you have the supply line and it is located close to your sump pump then this is a great solution for your home. It is the most reliable pump that exists on the market without requiring power.


Extreme rainfall and snowfall has been overworking the existing, aging sewer infrastructure in cities around our region, and that has led to severe flooding. This has had a huge impact on residential homes in Burlington that are not properly waterproofed. This situation has caused many of the residents in the community to lose some of their most prizes possessions due to weather-related flooding.

During 2013, there was a lot of heavy rainfall, and insurance companies spent almost $1 billion repairing customer’s basements and replacing personal possessions. Canada Waterproofers Burlington wants to help your protect your home and personal belongings, so that you do not suffer a catastrophic loss. Allows us to do a free onsite assessment to ensure your home will be able to withstand whatever Mother Nature throws at your Burlington home.

History tends to repeat itself, so municipalities and insurance companies are encouraging homeowners to have mainline backwater valves installed.

  • It is a quick installation, it takes just one day
  • The valve either can be installed outside or at the front-inside foundation wall
  • We use a camera to inspect the sewer in order to determine the most ideal location for the valve
  • Once the installation of the valve is completed, it will allow waste from the home to the flow to the city main with no issues
  • A great feature about this valve is that if the city main becomes overworked and backs up into adjacent basements, the valve will automatically close in order to prevent any flooding from the city main sewer

Canada Waterproofers Burlington has over 25 years experience installing backwater valves. We would be happy to provide a free on-site assessment and a free quote for your home.

Keep in mind – when installing any new fixture a permit from the city is required. Ask us about it.


We take every project seriously and treat your home with the utmost respect. At Canada Waterproofers Burlington, we understand how stressful a flooded basement can be, which is why we want to help you prevent that from happening.

We have the proper solutions available that we can use in order to take the correct precautions to ensure your basement is waterproofed and protected, with sump pumps and backwater valves as examples. By taking advantage of our free onsite assessment, we can ensure your home never gets flooded and that your basement remains dry and safe from Mother Nature’s wrath.

Thank you,
Canada Waterproofers Burlington Team

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