Residential Sump Pumps
Abe Cohen Plumbing and Heating Inc. is who you need to call for residential sump pumps and sewage pumps in Ahuntsic, Baie D'Urfe, Beaconsfield, Bord du Lac, Cote Saint-Luc, Cote St-Luc, Dollard des Ormeaux, Dorval, Downtown, Hampstead, Ile Bizard, Lachine, Lacey Green, Lakeshore, LaSalle, Laval, Mile End, Montreal West, NDG, Nouveaux St. Laurent, Nun's Island, Old Montreal, Outremont, Pierrefonds, Plateau, Pointe Claire, Pointe St. Charles, Roxboro, Ste-Genevieve, St. Henri, Town of Mount Royal, Verdun, Ville St. Laurent, West Island, Westpark, Westmount.
What a Sump Pump Does
A sump pump removes excess water from under a building. That is a very short description of a complex (and very important) situation that involves protecting your home from damage caused by excess water that can find its way into and beneath your buildings by many means, some of them difficult to manage and to predict. The life expectancy of any particular sump pump depends on its quality, age, operating environment, and amount of use. A failing sump pump should be replaced at the first signs of wear or problematic operation.
"Sump" refers to the pit (below floor level) where excess water accumulates. The motor of a column type sump pump sits above floor level while its submersible section sits in the water to be evacuated. A submersible sump pump has the entire sealed motor/pump unit submersed under water.
Failure of any sump pump in the wrong circumstances can be disastrous. For this reason, many home-owners have a back-up water-powered or battery-operated (typically 12-volt) pump sharing space in the sump pit with the main pump. In the event of a power failure or a pump failure, the water or battery-operated pump takes over (with the possibility of an alarm sounding to inform you that corrective action is required).
Excess water drains into the sump from the building's drain tiles (outside, below ground, surrounding the foundation). Where no drain tiles are installed, water reaches the sump by gravity or by other means. You may or may not know how the sump system was originally installed, but you can make sure that the system is adequate. An adjustable float (or similar device) triggers the pump to empty the sump as required.
We are equipped and trained to verify and test the functioning of your sump pump and the entire evacuation system, and to advise you concerning improvements and redundancy (back-up).
To Test a Sump Pump
If you are not sure that the pump works, pour enough water into the sump pit to trigger the pump, which should empty the sump pit quickly. If you suspect that the pump may be getting old or is not working properly, call us for an inspection and verification. When it comes to sump pumps, there is no "economy" to buying less than the best quality of equipment. The consequences of a flooded basement are too serious and too costly to justify anything but a near failsafe installation.
At Abe Cohen Plumbing and Heating Inc., we are a three-generation family business with more than 50 years in the plumbing trade. We consider our customers to be family and friends in a long-term relationship with us. We have the experience, expertise, tools, parts, and equipment to perform all sump pump installations and service in the greater Montreal area. We are respectful, clean, and professional. We are certified and active members of CMMTQ (Corporation des maîtres mécaniciens en tuyauterie du Québec), ACQ (Association de la Construction du Québec), and certified partners of Énergir for natural gas piping and installations.