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Once a sump pump installation has begun, the old weeping tile connection to the city sewer is completely severed. This helps to prevent against flooding.
The pump is installed inside the basement along the exterior wall – as long as there is a place to discharge the water (so the water doesn’t flow back into the house). Our crews will excavate, remove and dispose of the soil, and install a water tank (also called a sump liner).
We’ll then set up a connection from the existing weeping tile (or the new weeping tile, if installed) to the side of the tank. We’ll encase the tank with gravel (3/4″ clear), re-cement around the tank, install a submersible pump, then test the system (discharge water to the exterior). If all checks out and meets our standards, a lid is then put on the tank, bolted down, and you are good to go.
We also advise customers to install a sewer back-up valve (backwater valve) in order to protect your home from sewage coming back into the home from the city sewer system.
Be sure to review our drain section to read more about sump pumps and backwater valves and how important they are in avoiding floods in your home.
A battery back-up system is crucial for those unexpected blackouts that can follow heavy rains storms. It consists of a totally separate pump that runs off a marine battery. In the case of a power failure or a primary pump failure, the back-up pump will automatically turn itself on, so that it can continue to pump water out of your basement without the aid of the main power for up to 24 hours.
The battery system is also equipped with an alarm that automatically turns on every time the battery pump is being utilized. This will serve as a reminder that that the main pump is not functioning properly.
A battery back-up pump is very effective and we advise that if a sump pump is being installed, a battery back-up is key for peace-of-mind.
Another back-up option available is a water back-up system pump. This one is powered by your home’s water supply. The great thing about this pump is that as long as your water supply is working, the pump will not fail. It’ll just keep pumping. The water turns its turbines and pumps the water out of your basement. That’s the beauty of it. The pump uses water to fight water.
However, there is a limitation. There is a minimum of a 3/4″ water supply line from the city that is needed in order for the pump to work correctly. If this is the case, and it is close to your installed sump pump, then this back-up system is more appropriate and considered one of the most reliable pumps on the market, considering it does not require any power.
As mentioned, right here in Ontario, our backyard, the aging sewer infrastructure is becoming overwhelmed by the extremely heavy rain and melting snowfalls. That has resulted in major flooding across the region.
Residential homes have been particularly impacted recently considering that in the past there has been little to nothing that the homeowner could do to protect their homes against flooding caused by extreme weather. The waterproofing and plumbing industry has come a long way, though. Canada Waterproofing Oakville can ensure that your home is protected and safeguarded against any flood, any time.
As recently as 2013 the insurance industry had to spend almost $1 billion repairing customers’ basements and replacing personal, sometimes priceless, possessions.
Currently, insurance companies and municipalities are encouraging all homeowners to consider installing mainline backwater valves.
A major benefit with a backwater valve – if the city main becomes overwhelmed and begins to get clogged and back up into basements, as can happen during floods, the valve will automatically close and prevent any flooding into the home that may come from the city’s main sewer.
Canada Waterproofers Oakville has the expertise in installing backwater valves and have certified and licensed technicians who would be happy to assist with an on-site assessment and/or a free quote.
A crew from Canada Waterproofers Oakville 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 Oakville 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.
Keep in mind – you will need to get a building permit from the city. When installing any new fixture a permit from the city is required. Ask us about it.
Our mission at Canada Waterproofers Oakville is to make sure you feel safe in your home through any inclement weather. We understand flooded basements can be frustrating and can cause serious damage to your property. Allow us to prevent that from happening. By taking the proper precautions ahead of time, you can ensure you protect what will likely be the biggest investment of your life – your home.
Sump pumps and backwater valves are services we offer in order to ensure your basement is waterproofed and protected against any flooding.
Canada Waterproofers Oakville Team