Sump Pump Replacement

Sump Pump Replacement

Sump Pump Replacement & Rebates in Toronto

Do you need a sump pump replacement? Sump pumps are your go-to solution for protecting your basement from flooding in heavy rains. Basically, a sump pump safeguards your home from flooded basements, massive water damage, and costly water damage repairs.

Since your sump pump only runs when necessary, and it may not run for weeks at a time, you might not notice when it is worn out permanently. Here are some simple signs you can look for to prevent pump failure and to avoid waking up to a flooded basement.

How long will a sump pump last?

No matter how good the sump pump is, it needs to be replaced every 7-10 years. Sump pumps divert rainwater away from the house and collect it in the basement. How often you use your sump pump, how much water it has to move, and how long it runs can all affect how long it will last.

It’s best to get a professional plumber to inspect and clean your sump pump if you don’t know how old it is. You should schedule this in early fall or late winter. Your sump pump works hard during spring rains, and it’s cheaper to replace a sump pump than repair damage from a flood. Hoerner can do sump pump repair for you also if you just need a repair.

Signs you need a new sump pump

Most people don’t think about sump pumps until they’re in need. And they are notorious for breaking down at the worst time. The following signs may indicate that your sump pump is on its last legs.

Our favorite sump pumps: The PC sump pump series is a fully assembled sump pump kit system. The model pc237 441 with battery backup pump is frequently installed by us. It can also be used with a variety of other sump pumps.

A frequent on/off cycle

Sump pumps that constantly cycle on and off may not have large enough basins to handle the volume of water in your basement. Overworking the sump pump could destroy its motor, so invest in a deeper basin that ensures it only runs when needed. There’s a better way to install a sump pump basin than the five-gallon type. You’ll have to dig a bigger hole in your basement floor to put in a bigger basin, but you’ll save a lot of money compared to replacing your sump pump every few years.

Continuously running

Sump pumps that run for long periods of time may be underpowered for the volume of water they handle or for the distance they must transport. This makes them run constantly. A sump pump is sized based on the amount of water it can pump. Consider upgrading to a larger model with a more efficient GPH to avoid breakdowns. A plumber will be able to tell you how much water your sump pump can handle.

Unusual noises

Sump pumps should not be noisy. You may be hearing more than a low hum during the operation of your sump pump, so check it out for potential failure. These strange sounds may be caused by a variety of issues, from a failed bearing to a jammed impeller. A sump pump with abnormal noises is likely to have worn or broken parts. You can ask the plumber if you need a quick fix or if it’s time for a total replacement.

Don’t come on when it should

Sump pumps aren’t just working when there’s a heavy rainstorm. They also work when water seeps into your basement from melting snow, ground pressure, or leaking pipes. Despite their inability to stop water from entering your home, sump pumps are your best friend when it comes to getting rid of that accumulated water in your basement. Therefore, if you notice more water puddles or pools on your basement floor, your sump pump is not working right. You need a working sump pump in your basement to avoid water damage. Your plumber can tell you whether or not to fix it or replace it.

Is the City of Toronto offering a rebate on sump pumps? 

If you own a:

  • Single-family house
  • Duplex
  • A three-story residential property

Flood prevention devices or preventing basement flooding are eligible for a subsidy of up to $3,400 per property ($1,250 for a backwater valve, $1750 for a sump pump) including:

  • Installation of backwater valves
  • Getting a sump pump installed in Toronto
  • Capping and severing of external weeping tile connections. We do not install them at Hoerner Heating & Plumbing.

Sump pump rebates from the City of Toronto

Did you know Hoerner can help with the Rebate Process? We will provide the link and invoice to claim the rebate…

If you want to be eligible for a subsidy, your flood protection devices must meet the requirements. In order to apply for the City of Toronto Sump Pump Rebate, you must download the application form

  • A Toronto Building Officer will inspect your backwater valve after installation of a building permit. 
  • You will need to complete and sign the Consent to Enter Form to install a sump pump and backwater valve. A copy of this document should accompany your application for a Permit, and it is used to verify that your installation complies with Toronto Building’s rebate program.

Sump pumps: Do They Need a Battery Backup?

If you have a bad thunderstorm, your sump can still function properly, but the electricity could be knocked out; you would be left without the sump. For a few hours during a power outage, you can run your sump pump on a rechargeable battery pack if you are not quite ready to invest in a generator. A battery backup system is built into many newer models of sump pumps. In case your main sump pump breaks down or needs help, you may also want to buy a second battery-powered sump pump.

Hoerner’s reliable sump pump installation services

More basements are damaged by broken sump pumps than by any other typical major appliance. Call Hoerner Heating & Plumbing and schedule a visit with our trained plumbers if your sump pump needs to be repaired or replaced. We have a live person answering the phones 24/7 to help with emergencies!

With the help of Hoerner Heating & Plumbing, you can obtain the necessary devices and apply for the city’s sump pump rebate. If you want to be eligible for the rebate, you must use contractors with valid City of Toronto licenses. 

Please contact us for more information about the City of Toronto sump pump rebate. 

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Sump PumpWe Supply and install Liberty Sump Pump and Back Up battery (Liberty ***Pumps PC237-441 – 1/3 HP FULLY ASSEMBLE)Sump Pump Combo Series1/3 or 1/2 hp1-1/2″ DischargeA fully assembled pump combination that features a primary 115V sump pump, 10A charger, and the Model 441-10A battery back-up pump.  Available with the 237, 257, 457, S37, or S37-P sump pump.Battery not included. Liberty Stormcell® battery recommended.We also supply and install Liberty Sump Pump and Back Up battery (Liberty **Pumps PC237-442-10A-EYE –  1/2 HP FULLY ASSEMBLE Combination Primary (237) & Battery Backup Sump Pump System)** with night eye.
Sump PumpAnother favourite – get a sump pump kit everyone has be raving about! Sump Pump Kit 457 Cast Iron (1/2 hp) and Battery Back-up / Night EyePC 457-442-10A-EYE – 1/2 HP Fully Assemble combination Primary (457) & battery

City of Toronto Sump Pump Rebate

The City of Toronto offers a rebate of up to 80 percent of the invoiced cost, up to a maximum of $1,750 regardless of the number of devices installed at the property, including eligible labour, materials, and taxes.