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Sump Pump

What is a sump pump?

A sump pumping system consists of a pit, a pump, and a pump discharge pipe. The pit collects water from the weeping tile around the foundation. When water begins to accumulate in the pit, the pump will start automatically, and push the water outside the building through the discharge pipe, where it is directed at least two meters (six feet) away from the building.


How do I know if my home has a sump pumping system?

The City of Saskatoon has mandated that all homes built after January 1, 2004 have a sump pumping system. If you have an older home, a system could have been added later on. A sump pit may be round or square. Look for a hole in your basement floor that is about 750 millimeters (30 inches) deep. There should be a pipe entering the side of the pit, and there may be a pump in the pit. The pit should be covered with a child-resistant cover.


Is my sump pump working?

You should test your sump pump system every fall; before each spring thaw and before you leave your house for an extended period. Pouring water into the pit should trigger the pump to operate.

Routine maintenance should also be done every fall. First disconnect the sump pump from the power source. If your sump pump is not equipped with a standard plug in, and is hard-wired to the electrical system, call a qualified electrician. Once the sump pump is disconnected from the power source, remove soil, sand and other debris from the pit; clean the screen that covers the water intake; and make sure that the discharge pipe is clean and that the water is discharging at least two meters from your basement walls. Be sure to reconnect the sump pump.


What is a back flow prevention device?
A back flow prevention device, more commonly known as a backwater valve, is a device that prevents sewage in an overloaded sewer line from backing up into your basement. If sewage backs up, the valve automatically closes. The backwater valve must be installed properly so that sewage backup will not come out through plumbing fixtures or the floor drain in your basement.


How do I know if my home has a backwater valve?
If you have a backwater device, it is likely located near a perimeter wall in your basement in an access chamber below the basement floor. Most often this is in your utility room, and probably near your floor drain. It might be hidden under carpet or behind stored items. Some homes have multiple backwater valves.


I don’t have a backwater valve or a sump pump. What now?
Sump pumps and backwater valves must be installed by a licensed plumbing contractor please call We-Do-All Contractors for a free estimate.


What is weeping tile and how do I know if my home has it?
Let’s take a look at the average home drainage setups in Saskatoon. The most common is a foundation drainage system, also known as weeping tile. This is a perforated plastic pipe, surrounded by coarse gravel, located around the outer edge of the concrete footing of the basement. When water seeps down through the soil, it flows into the holes in the pipe, and is diverted out.



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