Staying true to our commitment to providing Winnipeg residents with affordable, comprehensive, and high-quality plumbing and heating services, family-owned Shorty’s Plumbing & Heating Inc. employs licensed contractors that have long extended their expertise to the installation, maintenance, and repair of sump pump systems throughout the City of Winnipeg – an integral system for preventing costly damage, as well as health hazards due to water and moisture buildup in homes. As a matter of fact, sump pumps are so crucial to keeping your property safe that the City of Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba have teamed up and introduced a subsidy program designed to help homeowners protect their basements from the material and physical consequences of water damage caused by floods and moisture.
What is a Sump Pump?
A sump pump, in simple terms, is a small pump system installed in the lowest part of your basement, and contained in a specially designed sump pit. Designed to push all water flowing into the pit away from the building, its sole focus is to keep the area under your home dry, and to prevent it from flooding during turbulent weather.
Unfortunately for homeowners, it really doesn’t take much water to cause extensive and costly physical damage to your property, including mould growth which impacts more than your wallet. Mould comes with a number of health and breathing hazards – many of which can be fatal to pets and young children. Having a sump pump installed by licensed professionals prevents these completely avoidable risks and consequences.
How Does a Sump Pump Work?
As mentioned above, a sump pump is generally installed within a specialized sump pit – a 90cm X 45cm hole with a gravel base excavated at the lowest point of your basement. As excess water flows into the pit, the pump switches on and pushes the liquid out of the pit through pipes that direct it to an area where water can drain naturally, away from your foundation. Additionally, these pumps are equipped with one-way check valves to prevent the water from flowing back into the pit through the pipes.
Generally speaking, most sump pumps switch on automatically with the help of either a pressure sensor or a float activator. Both mechanisms are designed to measure water buildup and activate the pump’s centrifugal system when levels reach a certain limit. The centrifugal force caused by the system’s fan-like impeller draws water into the system and then pushes it through the pipes, away from your home.
The majority of residential sump pumps are powered by standard household electrical current, making for convenient installation and reliable functionality. However, the professionals at Shorty’s Plumbing & Heating Inc. can also equip your sump pump system with a battery backup to ensure proper protection during a power outage.
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For more information regarding the installation of sump pumps, or to schedule an evaluation and estimate, contact the licensed experts at Shorty’s Plumbing & Heating Inc. today!