Solving water system issues when you need it most
What is a sump pump?
Sump pumps remove water that is collected in a sump basin, and they are most often installed in a basement to combat dampness in areas where flooding occurs regularly. They take problematic water away from areas of the house where severe damage can occur and send water to an area where it will be controlled, such as in a storm drain.
These important systems are most often found in houses that have a lot of groundwater around them, and a particularly low-lying home may require more than one.
Common concerns about sump pumps
Two concerns come up most often for buildings with sump pumps:
1) Overflowing sump pump
Sump pumps recognize when water levels in the sump basin are rising, and they turn on to drain some away. If something prevents the pump from kicking in, say a power failure or a malfunction in the equipment, it can result in flooding that can damage your home and the items stored in your basement.
Flood water is incredibly damaging and can create dangerous mould in your home, as well as electrical problems for furnaces, washing machines, dryers, and other equipment in your basement. Battery back up systems are available to ensure your pump is ready when you need it most, in any conditions, including power failures. They can last for days, and secondary backups are also available for longer outages. Another option is a siphon system that requires no power at all.
2) Constantly running sump pump
The opposite of overflow is a sump pump that won’t turn off, running continuously. Just as it turns itself on when water levels rise, it should shut down when they are lower, similar to how a toilet shuts down when the tank has refilled after flushing. If it doesn’t stop, the motor will burn out and die, meaning it won’t be able to do its job when water levels rise, bringing you right back to flooding.
How Harris Can Help
We supply and install several high quality makes of all types of pumps for residential, commercial, and cottage properties. Whether you source your water from a lake, river, well, or municipal line, we have the right pump. Professionally installed and fully warranted, we’ll schedule your appointment at your convenience and recommend the best options for the particular situation in your home.