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What is a Sump Pump, and why do you need one?

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You may not even know it but there could be sump pump working tirelessly at your home right now. Lots of homeowners in North Vancouver and West Vancouver have sump pumps and don’t even know it. Even if they are aware of their sump pump, they don’t think about them until something goes wrong and when this happens, the result is usually not pretty – think flooded basements and property damage that may or may not be covered by insurance. This blog is intended to teach you about sump pumps, why you may need one and when you have one, how to keep it working to protect your home.

What is a sump pump?

A sump pump, pumps water that accumulates in a catch basin (also called a sump) away from your home, helping to prevent your home from flooding. The water is usually pumped away to the municipal storm drain system.

Do I need a Backup Generator when I install a Sump Pump?

Sump pumps are powered by electricity and will stop working during a power outage, so a backup generator is an essential part of your sump pump system. Many homes on the North Shore and Greater Vancouver experience power cuts at some point. A backup generator will help ensure that your sump pump continues to operate, preventing flooding in your home. Backup generators for sump pumps are typically powered by natural gas, so it is essential that a qualified professional install your backup generator. Budget Drainage can assist you with your backup generator needs. Call us today.

When is it a good idea to install a sump pump on your property?

Sump pumps are typically used in homes that are situated in low lying areas or homes that have basements where the water table is above the level of the basement. A properly installed and maintained sump pump can dramatically reduce the risk of flooding in your home.

Types of sump pumps

There are different sizes and types of sump pumps on the market and these are also important considerations when choosing a sump pump. An expert will help you to determine the product that is right for you.

How Often does your Sump Pump system need to be replaced?

Sump pumps should be replaced every ten years and serviced every five years.

Who should Service, Supply and Install Sump Pumps?

An experienced drainage contractor or plumber should handle your installation. Before you have your sump pump installed make sure to check with your insurance agent about requirements for coverage.

Start Protecting Your Home

A sump pump provides important protection for your home. If you need a sump pump, be sure to get ahold of a drainage specialist as soon as possible. Call or message Budget Drainage today for an estimate on sump pump installation. Our experts can visit your home in North Vancouver and West Vancouver areas to give you an assessment and quote for getting your pump up and running.


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