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Old 2006-01-15, 11:12 AM
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Sump Pump:

I've noticed in a PDI check list it says to check the function of the sump pump and tells you to do the following.

Pour water into the pump basin, or manually lift the float to activate
the pump. Now, without embarrassing myself too much where is this located?

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Old 2006-01-15, 03:55 PM
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Non-submersed sump-pumps have a float on them pretty much exactly the same as the float inside the back of your toilet. This float has a tie-rod on it that comes out of the hole and attaches to a switch. So when the water rises, the float goes up, pushing the rod and flipping the switch.

Take a flashlight and peer down the hole and you'll see the float. Just pull up on the tie rod and make sure the motor comes on.
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Old 2006-01-15, 07:23 PM
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Is this located in the basement where the drain is? Forgive my ignorance but this is our first home together and we have no clue.

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Old 2006-01-15, 08:51 PM
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Allycat/Greg

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Old 2006-01-15, 09:01 PM
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There will be a large hole in the basement floor about half a meter and diameter. This goes through the concrete floor down to the gravel under your house.

Covering that will be a plastic cap, and in the centre of that cap will be a pipe to draw water up and out along with a motor and a pump.

As the water table rises around your house, it can travel through the gravel to where your sump pump is, raise the float, trigger the motor and discharge the water to the outside and away from your house.
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Thanks! Now I know what it looks like and what to look for.

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Old 2006-02-17, 11:17 PM
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I don't know too much about sump pump. Does every house need a sump pump?
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Old 2006-02-18, 11:12 PM
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In the majority of Halton Region a sump-pump is required. It will probably vary depending on your municipality.
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Old 2006-03-15, 07:31 PM
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Is it true that parts of Milton on located on a "water table" Someone was mentioning that to me the other day..... Is the why the homes have sump pumps? Have there been many flooded basements in the Hawthorne area?


Are we wasting money fully finishing our basements into home offices or otherwise? Another thing those sump pumps are not very attractive especially where ours is located in the basement......I guess they couldn't place it off to the side somewhere.......instead 2 1/2 feet from the wall.

Sorry I guess I'm just freakin out a little .....being we move into our house in two WEEKS! :shock: Being from Toronto and Mississauga I've never heard of sump pumps till this house.
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