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Sump Pump Installation

Sump Pump Installation and Repair Services in Sault Ste. Marie, ON

The sump pump is a machine that's put in the basement of a home to remove water if it should ever occur. It protects the house's structural integrity and all electric or electronic equipment connected to it, such as computers, televisions, etc. By releasing water into the yard, it protects your basement or crawl space from flooding and wet basements. Sump pumps are located at the lowest point in your basement because of the already natural slope.

Basement flooding can have a major impact on your home and family as it can cause expensive damage. A sump pump is required to keep the house from water damages caused by high soil water levels or ground water entering via wall, foundation, and other means.

Installing a sump pump is only half the battle; you must also make sure it functions throughout the year. It's a piece of equipment that needs to be installed and maintained correctly.

Contact us now for your sump pump installation. Our technicians are trained and certified so you can rest assured you are getting the best quality work. If you have a new sump pump but it's been damaged or it isn't working properly, then we also perform sump pump repair. We can diagnose the problem and fix it with in no time.

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Sump Pump Repair

Installing a sump pump in your home is great for many reasons. They reduce the chances of mold and mildew growth in your basement, especially after a flood or other emergency. Sump pumps reduce the humidity levels in your downstairs areas and create good indoor air quality. They can also increase the property value of your home and are attractive for potential home buyers.

Sault Ste. Marie Sump Pump Services

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Basement Sump Pump Installation

Step 1: Sump Pump Location - We begin by selecting a location for your sump pump. Because there is already a natural slope in the basement, we look for the lowest point first. After that, we get started with the complex prep work needed before putting in the new liner in the hole. If a new load is too much for your old sump pump to handle, you must clean out all debris from the old liner. If you live in an area that regularly sees heavy soil or other fine dirt particles, your sump pump may clog and fail. We consider all of this when installing the sump pump.

Step 2: Making a Damp Proofing Wall - A damp proof wall is used to prevent water from entering your foundation walls. During the rainy season, soil near your property is frequently saturated with groundwater or rainwater. The added moisture around your foundation walls raises the risk of water entering your basement. That's why a damp proofing wall is installed.

Step 3: Install Drain Tile Around the Foundation - The next stage is to install a perimeter drain system. This method collects all runoff and rainwater that runs toward the exterior of your home's foundation wall and directs it away. Drain tile is used to carry water away from your house and release its flow at a safe distance in order to avoid ponding, flooding, or seepage inside the basement.

Step 4: Add a Gravel Layer - When we've completed all of the other steps, we'll begin the next stage of adding a gravel ring around the outside edge of the hole. The gravel layer is about 4" thick and covers any future underground pipes and wiring that may be installed.

Step 5: Installation of the Sump Pump Liner - After all of the preceding steps have been completed, it's time to install the sump pump liner. We install the sump pump in the pit and secure it with bolts. To maintain stability, we fill the void between the liner and the hole with sand or gravel.

Step 6: Complete the Installation - To finish the job, we test the pump to ensure it's operating properly by filling the sump pit with water. If your pump removes the water flawlessly, that means you've completed your installation and can simply cover the hole with a PVC lid.


Is sump pump battery backup worth it?Power outages can occur after severe storms, causing the sump pump to fail. A battery backup will be worth the investment if you face these scenarios a few times a year, or even once a year. This will eliminate the cost of flood damage repairs, water removal, and other difficulties.

Are sump pump failures covered by insurance?Is your insurance policy going to cover sump pumps? Most insurance policies will respond to the damage caused by your sump pump failing under sewage backup coverage (optional endorsement), but not to the pump itself. Keeping this in mind, several programs are available that will cover the sump pump itself.

Are sump pumps required by code?Since 2017, sump pumps have been mandated by the Ontario Building Code, and they are now standard in all new residences (and necessary in many older ones). Sump pumps typically drain through a discharge pipe that directs water away from the foundation.

Can a sump pump freeze?A sump pump is typically positioned at the lowest part of a basement or crawlspace and is vulnerable to freezing when temperatures drop. When ice forms in the pump basin, water cannot flow freely and will eventually freeze completely.

Can a sump pump overheat?The majority of pumps will not burn out, however they may overheat. Thermal protection is integrated into almost all sump pump motors, although the submersible kind requires water to cool the motor. If the pump overheats, turn it off and wait for it to cool. The thermal relay will then be reset.

Can sump pumps get clogged?Yes they can. Over time, the pump's mechanical parts become clogged and unclean, especially if the sump is positioned directly against the bottom of a dirty sump pit, where silt often accumulates. The "float switch," which switches the pump on and off depending on the water level, might clog or jam.

Can a sump pump run continuously?Sump pumps can typically run constantly for six to twenty-four hours, depending on the amount of rain and the quality of your pump. The aftermath of heavy rains or flooding increases the demand on your sump pump to keep your home's low regions dry.

How do sump pumps work?Water is collected in pits beneath the structure. When the water level in the pit reaches a specific level, the sump pump activates and sucks the water out of the pit and away from the home's foundation. The frequency with which your sump pump operates is determined by the amount of moisture present.

What sump pump do I need?A 1/3 HP sump pump should be enough for most typical-sized homes in areas with ordinary water tables. If they have one 90-degree elbow and a horizontal pipe length of 3 to 25 feet, 1/3 HP pumps can typically manage 7' – 10' vertical lifts from the sump pit.

What happens when a sump pump fails?Without a running sump pump, surplus water from a major storm will begin to accumulate at your home's lowest point. It could be the foundation, crawlspace, or basement. Water will begin to bend wood, create rot, and contribute to mold growth wherever it settles.

Where does sump pump water go?Water from the sump pit is then pumped out and discharged through a wall pipe to an exterior location far enough away from the foundation wall to prevent the discharged water from entering your foundation drain. The water is subsequently absorbed naturally by the ground.

Why does the sump pump make noise?One of the most common causes of a noisy pumping system is the sump pump system not being installed within the sump pit. If the system is not properly installed beneath the earth, the noise will most likely echo throughout your basement.

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