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Basement Flooding Got You Stumped? Get a Sump Pump2 min read

2 August 2017 2 min read

Basement Flooding Got You Stumped? Get a Sump Pump2 min read

Reading Time: 2 minutesView from the window of a private house in rainy weather


  • Saskatoon sees 1-in-100-year rain event when 112.3 millimetres of rain falls in less than 24 hours.


  • Higher rainfall during the spring causes Lake Ontario to swell 55 centimeters, submerging parts of the Toronto Islands.


  • Ottawa has rain on 71 of 102 days, including 18 straight days of rain.


It’s no wonder Environment Canada has nicknamed 2017 the “Year of the Big Wet“. And with the unpredictability of climate change and weather events like El Niño, this may not be the last we see of higher-than-average precipitation.


All this water has to go somewhere and that means it’s more important than ever to make sure your home is protected from potential flooding and the stressful and expensive property damage that can come with it. There are a variety of reasons why basements flood. Usually, it happens when storm water or ground water fails to drain properly and seeps into your basement due to a crack or opening in your home’s foundation, basement walls, windows or doors. Or it can be caused by poor drainage or grading, failure of your foundation’s drains or weeping tile system, overflowing eavestroughs, or even tree roots that block, shift or collapse pipes.


One effective way to help prevent a flooding is to install a sump pump in your basement. An electricity-powered sump pump, housed below the floor of your basement, can automatically pump rising water and drain it away from the foundation to help keep your basement dry.


If you already have a sump pump it should be checked regularly and maintained to make sure it’s in good working order if and when you need it.


Once a year, you should call on a professional to inspect the following:


  1. Alarm: If your pump has one, have it tested.
  2. Check valve: This can help prevent water from flowing back after it’s pumped out.
  3. Backup power: The last thing you want during a flood-related outage is for your pump to stop working – you should have a battery powered backup sump pump.
  4. Pit: The hole the pump sits in needs to be deep and wide enough for the machinery to work properly.
  5. Discharge location: Where water is pumped should be at least 6 metres from other homes so water doesn’t drain into neighbouring properties.


Click here for more ways to avoid or reduce basement flooding, and of course, call Reliance™ anytime for helpful advice and fast, reliable and professional service.



Heavier rainfall also comes with more humidity and moisture in the air. So, it’s important to have a dehumidifier in your home to reduce the risk of mould or other fungi growing in your home.


If you’re noticing that your home feels musty, stuffy or damp, or you smell lingering odours, a dehumidifier can draw excess moisture out of the air and help eliminate the problem.

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