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Prepare for a Wild Winter With Reliable Sump and Sewage Alarms

Gravenhurst Plumbing supplies high quality sump and sewage alarms in the Muskoka region.

Prepare for a Wild Winter With Reliable Sump and Sewage Alarms

According to Farmer's Almanac, this winter can be summed up in one word - "flaky." 

And they aren't just talking about snowfall, although there will be plenty of that as well. 

Here, the notoriously reliable Almanac predicts this winter will follow in the footsteps of this year-to-date, delivering wildly unpredictable conditions ranging from mild and dry to bitterly cold with snowfall extending all the way into early spring.

If that doesn't sound like fun to you, think how your plumbing pipes and septic system must be feeling. If it is freezing above, it will likely be freezing below...and you know what that can mean.

Combine the risk of frozen, burst pipes with projected runoff after intense snowfall and you have a recipe for all kinds of things we definitely don't look forward to during winter here in Ontario. Especially in the northern Muskoka areas.

In this post, our Gravenhurst Plumbing, Heating & Electric technicians will give you our expert recommendations to guard against septic backup, burst pipes and preventable home flooding this winter.


Why Do Plumbing Pipes Fail?

While freezing can definitely be a factor in why plumbing pipes fail, this is not the number one cause of pipe failure.

The number one cause of plumbing pipe failure is actually corrosion. What many homeowners don't realize is that most pipes can fail after just 20 years of use.

Although many pipes will last longer, this means that if your pipes are older than 20 years, it is time to start taking precautions. The first thing you need to do is to find out how old your pipes may be. 

If the previous homeowner didn't keep good records regarding previous plumbing repairs or replacements, you may simply need to estimate based on the original build date. This will tell you how worried you should be about a potential corrosion issue this winter.

However, even new, solid pipes can potentially freeze and burst, and this is equally important to keep in mind.

Have you had your plumbing pipes checked this year? As winter is fast approaching, this is the ideal time to prepare your home’s plumbing for the cold months ahead. Contact our plumbing experts at Gravenhurst Plumbing, Heating & Electric to schedule a service maintenance or installation appointment before the cold hits!


Alarm Installation Could Lower Your Home Insurance Premiums

Every year, thousands of homeowners submit claims against their homeowner’s insurance due to plumbing pipe failure.

In fact, one nationwide study states that southern Ontario and Hamilton areas have sustained some of the worst flooding events in Canadian history.

While each insurance company sets their own policies regarding installation of safety monitoring equipment, it is worth asking your insurance company if you would be eligible for a premium discount after installing sump and sewage alarms in your home.


The Role of Alarms in Safeguarding Your Home This Winter

The primary role of installing home sump and sewage alarms is to provide you with peace of mind as we move into the winter season.

This is precisely why you want to do it now before the winter rolls in in earnest. Every year Gravenhurst Plumbing, Heating & Electric responds to calls from customers who have woken up or returned home to find water in their basement or, worse, in their home above ground.

When this occurs, sump and sewage alarms are always a part of the repairs, but if they are part of your preventative strategy, there may not ever be repairs to cope with or figure out how to afford.

What most people don't realize is that sump and sewage alarms are designed to provide several protective features above and beyond a simple alert about high water.

Today's sophisticated alarm sensors can even be integrated with WiFi to work similarly to how "smart" home security and automation controls work. You can be halfway across the country or around the world and still know exactly what is going on back at home.

These are just some of the many cutting-edge features our reliable and economical sump and sewage alarms at Gravenhurst Plumbing, Heating & Electric are designed to provide:

1. Built-in floor water sensors.

2. Built-in low basement temperature warning sensors.

3. Built-in puddle sensors.

4. Built-in auxiliary connections so they can work with your home security system.

5. Built-in warning lights and high-decibel warning horns.

6. Turnkey installation to work with any standard 115V wall outlet.

7. Optional WiFi integration for remote monitoring and alarms.

Now you can travel with total peace of mind. If you integrate your sump and sewage alarms with your home security system, you have the ability to mobilize local response teams even if you are out of the country when a leak or flooding event occurs back at home.

Are you interested in installing a new sump and sewage alarm system this winter? Now is the time! Our qualified plumbing experts at Gravenhurst Plumbing, Heating & Electric can help you find the best plumbing solutions for your home!


Meet Our Cutting-Edge Sump and Sewage Alarms with WiFi!

We are proud to recommend these four economical yet feature-packed Liberty Pumps for the full range of your sump and sewage alarm system needs.

1. ALM-2 indoor sewage alarm.

This indoor-only model is suitable for sump, effluent and sewage needs. The ALM-2 features a float activation switch with a warning light and 88db horn. It also comes with a 9-volt battery backup.

2. ALM-2-EYE indoor sewage alarm with WIFI.

This model is suitable for sump, sewage and puddle-sensing needs. The ALM-2-EYE features a low basement temperature warning, smart device connectivity, home security system connectivity, LED warning light and more.

3. ALM-2W - indoor/outdoor alarm.

This indoor/outdoor model is suitable for any high liquid level alarm needs. The ALM-2W features a red light alarm, 82db warning siren, alarm float, test switch and silencer.

4. ALM-PK-EYE indoor floor level water sensor.

This indoor-only model is suitable for any floor water sensing needs. It comes with a puck/puddle sensor and the ability to configure alerts to be sent to multiple contact points (including your plumbing technician!). The ALM-PK-EYE device also features an LED alarm, test switch and silencer.


Get in Touch With Gravenhurst Plumbing, Heating & Electric 

Is this the year to install reliable sump and sewage alarms to protect you against winter weather and unexpected repair bills? We can help! At Gravenhurst Plumbing, Heating & Electric, we provide the highest quality sump and sewage alarms for our customers. Both our products and services are reliable and efficient - we take pride in providing our customers with the highest quality HVAC services in the Muskoka area.

Contact our qualified technicians online or give us a call at 877-885-3403.

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