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A sump pump consists of three main features:
This system consists of a separate pump that runs off a marine battery, so if there is a power failure or a primary pump failure, you are protected, since the back-up pump will automatically switch on. This gives you the peace of mind you need. The back-up device can continue to pump water out of your basement without the aid of main power for up to 24 hours.
There also is an alarm, that automatically switches on when the battery pump kicks in, so you will know when the main pump is not functioning.
Extra security like this is something we always recommend to our clients, if you are thinking about installing a sump pump in your home.
We love this pump. This one is powered by your water supply in your home – kind of like fighting fire with fire. Water turns the pump turbine, which then pumps water out of your basement. With this pump there is no time limit as to how long it will run. As long as your water supply is on this pump will work.
You will need a minimum ¾” water supply line from the city coming in your house in order for the pump to work correctly. If you have the supply line, and it’s located close to your sump pump, then we feel this is the ideal way to go. It’s one of the most reliable pumps on the market.
A backwater valve is a device that prevents outbound water from the home to re-enter through the home’s drain pipes.
The valve prevents raw sewage from backing up into the home through toilets, sinks and showers – a true nightmare scenario.
Municipalities and insurance companies are now encouraging homeowners to install mainline backwater valve, an absolute must as the weather conditions change.
The professionals at Canada Waterproofers North York have the expertise needed to install backwater valves. We would be happy to provide a free on-site assessment and quote.
BACKWATER VALVE INSTALLATION PROCESS
A crew from Canada Waterproofers North York will excavate where the sewage connection leaves the house (normally in the front of the house), inside or outside the foundation wall. The building code stipulates that the valve has to be within a maximum of three feet from the front wall and you cannot have a Y Pipe connected within three feet behind the valve, or you risk having the sewage back up into the house.
Install the city-approved BWV with down-stream, clean-out access in the front of the valve. Have the valve inspected by the city. The Canada Waterproofers North York crew will support the pipework with gravel and then back-fill and compact the ground, followed by inside concrete finish and outside gravel finish. Clean-up is the last step.
Check out our drain section to read more about backwater valves and how important they are for flood protection.
Keep in mind – when installing any new fixture a permit from the city is required. Ask us about it.
Canada Waterproofers North York understands that a flooded basement can be extremely stressful and cause a massive upheaval in one’s life. It can be a very expensive issue to fix.
But we also know that if you take the correct precautions, waterproof your basement in large part by using technology like sump pumps and backwater valves, then you’ll never have to experience that stress and upheaval.
If you are one of the unfortunate who has experienced a flooded basement, or you are a person who has heard about the damaging effects of flooding and want to get proactive to protect your home, then give Canada Waterproofers North York a call for a free assessment of you home. Learn how you can protect your most valued investment.