Get A Rebate or Subsidy For Sump Pump Installation

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A Rebate or Subsidy For Sump Pump InstallationWhen it comes to water damage in your home, it is not necessarily the overall amount of rain that is the biggest contributor to the destruction. It is the level of rain that comes over a short period of time. Annual rainfall levels have dropped in Toronto on a yearly basis, although damage from water has increased – mostly because torrential downpours have increased alarmingly.

In July 2013 for example, there was 90mm of rain that fell in an hour, an amount higher than average for the entire month. The changes in weather have prompted homeowners to alter, or at least ramp up, their strategies of how they protect their property. The Toronto government has championed the cause as well by easing some of the financial strain on homeowners by providing subsidies for the installation or replacement of a sump pump.

Government subsidy
The City of Toronto has begun offering residents up to $3,400 per property for the installation of flood protection devices. This amount is somewhat misleading because only up to $1,750 is eligible for sump pump related costs. Homeowners are also granted municipal rebates related to the installation and replacement of backwater valves as well as the cutting and capping of pipes connecting to city storm sewers.

What is covered in sump pump eligibility?
A sump pump and the corresponding components are an important installation, not only for protection against storms but also burst pipes, malfunctioning appliances, and other water damage in a basement or around a home’s foundation. The City of Toronto’s subsidy covers the installation and replacement of the sump pump, the installation of a sump pump alarm, and the installation of emergency backup for the unit.

It should be noted that the installation is not “free” per se. The government rebate covers 80% of the invoiced amount including labor, materials, permits, and taxes. The work must also be done by a licensed Toronto contractor and only the registered owner of the property (single family home, duplex, triplex) is eligible for the rebate. Because it needs to be done right, many homeowners rely on the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services.

Stipulations aside, the City of Toronto is not saying that the installation of a sump pump is mandatory – they are just saying if you do decide to put one in your property we will help you out proving that sometimes when it rains, it does not have to pour.

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Tips for Choosing a Sump Pump

Tips for Choosing a Sump Pump

A sump pump can be a wonderfully convenient addition to your home, keeping your basement and below-ground areas of your home dry and free of moisture. These unassuming devices more than pay for themselves in the protection they offer for your furnishings, belongings, and protecting your family from the impacts of mold and mildew. Easy to use, today’s models sense water buildup and automatically pump it up and away from your home, working hard even when you are not physically in the house. No one, after all, wants to come home to a basement flood!

When shopping for sump pumps, keep your needs in mind. Do you have a sump pit already dug in your home’s basement? If not, this will need to be done prior to installing a sump pump – and experts like those at Dr. Pipe drain and plumbing services can help advise you on the easiest way to get it done. Another consideration is how powerful of a sump pump you need – most are 1/3 to 1/4 horsepower, which is fine for most minor moisture issues, but a stronger model may be necessary if your problem is particularly severe. Refer to sump pump reviews by other users to see how the models you’re considering fared in use: this will be an excellent judging characteristic when it comes time to purchase a pump.

Measurements are also important when choosing a sump pump. The height of your pump, as well as the power cord length, must agree with the depth of your sump pit. If the head pressure (the height to which the pump can send water up out of the sump pit) isn’t high enough, the water won’t make it outside! Additionally, the cord must be able to plug directly into a round fault circuit interrupter (GCFI) outlet, not an extension cord – extension cords may lead to a shock hazard in watery conditions.

Don’t wait for a flood to impact you financially and emotionally – be sure you are properly protected with a sump pump. Small, relatively inexpensive, and quickly installed with the help of a professional, they’re more than worth the peace of mind they offer. After reading sump pump reviews and consulting drainage professionals about your needs and concerns, you’re ready to select a company to help you install your new sump pump – Dr. Pipe drain and plumbing is a great place to trust with your work.

What Is a Sump System?

What Is a Sump System?

So you have heard that your house might need a sump system, and you are scared about what that means.  Don’t fret, it isn’t as bad as it sounds.  It means that your house, like many out there, has a penchant for collecting water and there needs to be some semblance of draining it away from the house so it doesn’t just reappear again.  A simple sump system is nothing more than a pump to draw that water away from your house to keep it safe.

Water collects beneath your house, and a catacomb of drain systems brings that water to the tank that is buried beneath the lowest portion of your basement floor.  When enough water collects, your sump pump clicks on and this is when the magic begins to happen.  The pump begins to draw the water out of the tank and through a hose.  This hose brings all of that excess water away from your house, usually to your sewer system.  A little while later, your house is water free and the process begins again.

If your home is in the basin of a valley, or even down the side of an inclined hill, a sump pump is going to be a necessity.  It guarantees that during a heavy rain, your water heater and anything you store downstairs is going to be safe.  That piece of mind alone is going to make the arduous installation of such a large system seem like a dream in comparison.  Consider what would happen during a hurricane if you didn’t have a sump pump!  The results might be negligible, but there is also the potential that you could open your basement door and see that you now have a brand new indoor swimming pool, filled with sewer water.

So you now know what sump systems are, and you are fairly certain you need one?  This is where you must call in the pros to handle the installation, as there are state guidelines that dictate how you dispense of your sump pump’s removed water.  Call Dr. Pipe Drain & Plumbing Services and talk to one of their trained phone advisers about the next step.  Now that you know all about sump systems, you won’t even feel like they are talking a foreign language!

Sump Pump Installation

Sump Pump Installation

Installing a sump pump is no laughing matter. It takes a little time and a lot of patience to get the job done properly. You will also have to be handy with a jackhammer. The sump pump will need a pit around 8 inches from the walls to keep from hitting the foundation footing. Mark the area to be removed with chalk. Allow at least 6 inches of space around the rim of the pit.

Knock out the perimeter with the jackhammer. Use it to get the center hewn out and use it to loosen the chunks of cement from the earth. Get a few of the kids on rock removal duty. Dig a hole for the liner, it should only be deep enough for the liner to fit in with the top even to the surrounding floor.

Put the liner into the hole and use coarse gravel. The gravel pieces should be about 3/8 to ½ inches around. Put in enough gravel to reach at least 3 inches from the top of the basement floor.  You want the finished product to be high enough so when the new concrete bed is poured it remains 1in higher than the original floor. Why? It is so any run off or overflow will seep back through the gravel and into the pit. You can now pour the concrete. Mix the one part of cement, two parts sand and 3 parts gravel and a bit of water. For one bag of cement you will use at least 51/2 gallons of water.

Using a float and a board smooth out the surface of the concrete be sure you push it right up against he sides of the old floor so they will integrate finish it with a trowel and let dry. This curing process will take a day or two.

Now that it is all dry you can install your pump. A submersible pump runs anywhere from 75-125 dollars and the manufacturers that make the units have solid reputations. You will need to tape sown all the wires to the sides and put the pump completely down inside the pit. Have the riser just above the rim of the pit; you may use a piece of PVC to help you make the reach. Look at the pump to make certain the float can move freely, now put on the lid. Connect the pump to the outside drainage pipe and turn her on.

Choose A Sump Pump

How To Choose A Sump Pump


Leaking basement walls that do not clear up with any other attempts to repair them may need the uses of a sump pump. There are certain considerations that come onto play. It is always a good idea to check the local laws and statutes before installing any device.

Areas that flood regularly and keep that damp musty smell are prime candidates for a sump pump. A sump pump will make the living space dryer and healthier.

You have two choices for sump pump installation. They are made in manual and automatic. The manual may be less expensive but the automatic is much more convenient.

Nest you will need to decide on the amount of horsepower you need. Most sump pumps use ¼ to 1/3 horsepower. If you do not have a great deal of water less is best.

The head pressure determines what height a pump canb raise the water. This enables the pump to raise the water from the pit to the pipe. The head pressure does not take into account any bends, twist and turns.

The length of the cord is also a very necessary consideration since you need to be able to easily plug in the pump. You may have to purchase a heavy-duty extension to be certain that you can plug the device in without strain on the cord.

The sump pumps for the United States operate on 110volts. No matter what area you are in make sure your electrical configuration can handle the output needed to run the device.

The device should be equipped with alarms and a backup system for extreme emergencies.

Once you have figured out all the details you are ready to shop and to contact a contractor to install the device. You could attempt to do it yourself but for optimum results hire a pro.  You may want to include in your purchases a dehumidifier this will also help to maintain the dryness of the basement air. Wet basements can be a breeding ground for mold and other fungi that may prove harmful if breathed in over time.

For more information you should go online and do a bit of comparison-shopping. The Internet gives you with a lot of different provider are virtually, under one roof. Finding the right sump pump will be that much easier. You can  more information on waterproofing a basement and other useful tips for plumbing Sump Pump.