Basement Flooding

Sump Pit Installations

In the most basic of terms, a sump pit is a hole that collects water and fluids. Most sump pits are located in the basement. Their job is to prevent your basement in Burlington from flooding!

Properly installed sump pits will contain a sump pump that removes water from the pit on a regular basis. Without a pump, your sump pit is in danger of overflowing and flooding your basement despite its good intentions!

Water can end up in your basement as a result of a huge number of circumstances: faulty window wells, a leaking foundation, heavy rainfall, spring runoff, etc. A sump pit will help make sure that this excess rainwater or groundwater doesn’t cause costly damage. Sump pits sit inside of a basin (also known as a sump) that collects water. Water is directed into the pit via a grill or grate. Typically, a sump pit is connected to the municipal water supply and/or the storm drain. The pump is activated by a floating device that tells it when the water level in the pit is getting too high. We make sure that you can also activate the pump manually. It’s a good idea to periodically drain the sump pit.

Sump Pit Cleaning

In addition to being regularly drained, sump pits should be completely drained and cleaned on a regular basis. Debris, mould, algae, and more can accumulate in a sump pit leading to unpleasant odours and even hazardous health effects. During a sump pit cleaning, the sump pump tubes should also be checked for clogs and blockages.

All sump pits should be cleaned once per year, but it might need more attention if the pump is constantly running or lower than expected water levels are reached.

Sump Pump Maintenance

Regular sump pump maintenance is required to keep your pump in good working order. Your service provider will inspect the pipe connections, make sure that water is draining away from the house and not into it, check the pumps for leaks or clogs, clean out debris buildup around it, lubricate moving parts with oil and grease as needed (depending on your model), remove any leaves or other organic matter caught in and around the pump, as well as check for any wear or tear. A sump pump's motor is a very expensive piece of equipment that requires regular maintenance to function properly.

Sump Pump Repair

A sump pump can fail at any time, so it's important to have a plan for what you'll do if your system breaks and needs repair.

If the pump doesn't work and you can't quickly fix it, water will rise to a level where it could cause significant harm. Call Conterra Foundation right away so we can come to inspect the situation and determine what needs to be done.

The first step is for our technician to check if there's power going through the pump. If there is, they'll need to check the float switch and impeller blades.

Battery Backup Sump Pump Systems

When the power fails, battery backup emergency sump pumps can save the day. These backup systems operate on a marine-grade battery and automatically start up when the power goes out.

A battery backup system operates on a marine-grade battery that automatically starts when the lights go off and can pump for hours before needing recharging or replacement.

Backup systems are designed with extra protection against freezing, higher capacity motors than standard units, and automatic voltage regulation so they'll work even if your home's electric service fluctuates between 110 volts all the way down to the low 40s as it would during an outage.

Does a sump pump add value to a home?

Yes, installing a sump pump can add value to your home.

A functioning, high-capacity sump pump is one of the most important aspects in protecting your basement from flooding and its associated damage. A working unit will be able to keep water levels at least 18 inches below any flooring or structural walls that may be present in the area. This will shield your basement from anything that might be coming in through the ground floor.

A working sump pump will also help keep humidity levels down, which can greatly reduce any mold formations on exposed surfaces.

How long does a sump pump installation take?

Installations are typically done in a day, so you can rest assured knowing your family is safe from flooding risks and other dangers of having water pooling around your home. After installation is complete, we will also go through all of the functions with you before sending you on your way to start living your life worry-free.

Do you need a plumber to install a sump pump?

You'll want to consider getting a professional sump pump installation from a qualified installer. A sump pump is a complicated device that needs to be installed properly. You want to hire an expert who can provide quality installation or the outcome may be more costly down the road when you need repairs.

Conterra Foundation & Repair has installed sump pump pits and sump pumps in the Halton/Hamilton area since 1993. Furthermore, we provide sump pump cleaning and inspections to ensure your basement will stay dry during wet and rainy seasons.

To discuss installing a sump pit and sump pump at your residential or commercial property, please contact us to request your free quote!

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