Toronto Sump Pump Services

Sump Pump Services Toronto

What is a sump pump? A sump basin, often referred to as a sump pit and frequently found in a home’s basement, may be drained of water using a sump pump. To keep debris out of the sump pit, a cover is present. Installing both sump pumps and interior waterproofing systems in your basement is recommended by waterproofing companies to ensure a comprehensive waterproofing system. These two systems are often used in tandem. A malfunctioning sump pump might rapidly lead to flooding and a damp basement, so it’s a good idea to have a waterproofing professional evaluate your pump and make sure there are no potential technical issues.

There are two types of sump pumps: pedestal pumps and submersible pumps. A pedestal sump pump is more conspicuous and noisier when it is installed above the sump pit. A submersible sump pump produces less noise as it is submerged inside the sump pit. ABS plumbing is used for the sump pump’s external installation. Sump pits are often seen in business buildings’ boiler rooms. The sump pit may fill with naturally occurring subsurface water or water from a waterproofing system’s drain. The sump pump system is used when the water table is much higher than the footing of a house, or when leaks from the basement foundation are redirected by installing an internal waterproofing system or connecting the exterior weeping tiles into the sump pit.

Picture the sump pump as an inverted toilet tank. As the water level in the pit reaches a specific point, a lever or float connected to the pump triggers, releasing the water through an ABS pipe to the outside. Different pits require pumps of varying horsepower; larger pits necessitate more powerful pumps to expel water more efficiently. Battery-operated backup pumps, requiring a marine deep cycle battery, serve as fail-safes in case of main pump failure or power outage, preventing basement flooding.

Given its mechanical nature, regular maintenance is crucial to keep the basement dry. Experts recommend visually inspecting the pump twice yearly, with increased frequency during periods of rising water tables or heavy precipitation. In regions with harsh winters, pay close attention to the ABS discharge pipe outside; if it becomes obstructed with ice, prompt replacement is vital to prevent pump damage. Installing a heat cable inside the pipe, akin to those used on rooftops, can prevent freezing. In warmer climates, ensure the ABS outflow pipe outside slopes downward slightly to facilitate smooth water release during inspections.


A pit measuring 2 feet in diameter and 2-3 feet deep is excavated in a designated area of the basement as approved by the homeowner.

The sump pump pit is set up to gather water either from the ground or from perforated pipes linked to it. The pit's lid is installed to be level with the floor.

Once the water reaches a predetermined level in the pit, the sump pump will expel it through an ABS pipe connected to the exterior.

Certain sump pumps are battery-operated and will remain operational even during a power outage.

After the sump pump system is installed, any broken concrete around the sump pit is replaced by pouring new concrete.

Regular maintenance is necessary for the homeowner to ensure that the sump pump remains operational.


RCC Waterproofing Toronto provides four distinct varieties of sump pumps. pumping from one to three stages with a battery backup. To determine which sump pump is best for your house, give RCC a call.