To be candid, foundation cracks are inevitable. We know that’s not what you were hoping to read, but the truth is there are many things that are beyond our control that put pressure on a foundation’s integrity. What is within our control are the preventative measures we take to prevent a minor hairline crack from turning into a major financial problem. There is an ancient Chinese proverb that states, “Every battle is won before it is fought.” Knowing the most common causes of foundation cracks is a great start to preventing major foundation damage.
In the last ten years, the city of Windsor has been met with some challenging weather events, making us a city now prone to flooding. Our blog Which Residential Areas in Windsor are Commonly Hit by Flooding dives deeper into the areas of Windsor most at risk from increasingly frequent and severe weather events. In a pursuit to protect Windsor homeowners, in 2011 the City of Windsor developed the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program. You could be eligible to receive up to $2,800 to cover basement flooding prevention costs. We’ve put together the key information below as plainly as possible to help get you started. All necessary links will be at the bottom of the blog.
Sometimes you can do everything right and still get bit in the butt. Even when you’ve installed the proper sump pump to prevent flooding, Mother Nature loves to find ways to cost homeowners more money. Windsorites are no strangers to Mother Nature’s sudden, harsh winters. With sudden, harsh winters comes sudden ground freezing. With sudden ground freezing can come frozen sump pump discharge pipes. Imagine, even with a perfectly functioning sump pump, you find yourself standing in your flooded basement, cold water up to your ankles, hands in the air, angrily cursing the skies for your misfortune.
We all can agree that stuff happens. In the world of basement waterproofing, stuff happens when you have a sump pump installed to prevent basement flooding, then your sump pump stops pumping due to a power outage or mechanical malfunction. Yikes. Thankfully, there’s insurance for that. That insurance is a battery back-up.
Let’s cut to the chase and answer this up front. Can you? Yes. Should you? No. At the end of the day it’s your call, but connecting your sump pump to the sewer line will very likely bear some harsh consequences.