Sump pumps and backwater valves are important tools when waterproofing your home, helping keep your basement dry. Sump pumps re-direct water away from the foundation of your home to an exterior location. Backwater valves are devices that stop outbound from the house from re-entering the home through the drain pipes in the event of an intense storm.
A sump pump is a key part of an interior waterproofing/weeping tile system in your home, something we recommend highly to all our clients. If the water table is high for example, you might be in a situation where water builds up below your basement floor, or through cracks in the wall or weak points between the floor and foundation slabs, overwhelming the weeping tile system, causing water leaks into the basement. The sump pump protects the homeowner against all this.
Sumps pumps are a great tool to re-direct excess water away from the home. Notice more humidity in your basement – to the point where you need to buy a de-humidifier? That might be because of water build-up. And water tables rise with an excess of rainfall or melting snow – common features of the Canadian climate.
The old method of draining a weeping tile was to connect it to your home’s drainage system. But that is deteriorating and can’t keep up with the increase in precipitation we are now seeing.
A sump pump consists of three main features:
- A tank that holds the water that is drained from a weeping tile
- A pump that pushes the water up and out of the basement to an exterior drainage point
- A battery back-up system and alarm – a third feature that be added to a sump pump system
Call Canada Waterproofers Vaughan for a free onsite waterproofing assessment of your home.