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Sump Pump Inspections

Sump Pump in hole


The Township has relaunched its sump pump inspection program. The program provides Lakefield home owners the opportunity to schedule an inspection with a specialist to verify that the residential sump pump is appropriately connected to a drainage system and not to the sanitary sewage system.

The inspector will work with home owners to ensure proper sump pump installation and provide recommended solutions for suitable connections, if required.

In addition to the inspection, there will be an opportunity to review best practices in water and waste water with the inspector including:

  • A property walk around to ensure proper extension of downspouts away from the home's foundation
  • Discussing best practices for water conservation and the Township regulations on lawn watering 
  • Reviewing the clean-out location of the sanitary service within the home
  • Exploring the location of incoming water services and related turn off valves

To schedule an inspection, please call 705-742-2821 or email Chris Norman.   (please be sure to specify your full name, address and preferred time)



What is a Residential Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a small pump installed in the lowest part of a basement or crawlspace.  Usually, sump pumps are installed in specially constructed sump pits.  Ground water flows into the sump pit through drains or by natural water migration through the soil.  The sump pump's job is to pump the water out of the pit and away from the building so that the basement or crawlspace stays dry and to prevent it from flooding.

What Happens During an Inspection? 

An inspection for a typical home will usually be completed in less than one hour. The inspector will walk around the exterior of the house looking at the discharge points for downspouts and area drains, such as yard, patio, window well, driveway or stairwell drains. He will also look in basement areas or crawl spaces to identify the sump pump and its point of discharge. 

How do I Prepare for an Inspection?

The only preparation needed for the inspection is to make sure that the sump pump is accessible for the inspector, please clear a path if needed.

What is the Inspector Looking For?

The inspector is looking for improper connections to the sanitary sewer system. An improper connection is defined as a connection that allows for clear water to be discharged directly into the separate sanitary sewer system. Clear water should either be going to the storm sewer or be allowed to soak into the ground without entering the sanitary sewer.

What Happens After the Inspection?

Depending on the result of the inspection, nothing may need to be done.  If the inspector determines that there are improper connections and drainage, he will work with the home owner to provide a list of solutions.  A second inspection may be booked if necessary. 

How Do I Book an Inspection?

The 2018 program is being offered to properties on the the east side of Lakefield between the river and Queen St. (including Queen) and going north to Strickland St.  Home visit inspections will be offered from May to October with daytime, evening and Saturday appointments available.  Also, Lakefield residents outside of the 2018 program area are welcome to contact Chris to schedule an appointment.  

To schedule an inspection, please call 705-742-2821 or email Chris Norman.  (please be sure to specify your full name, address and preferred time)

Chris is Back in 2018!

Chros Norman standing beside inspection truck

Inspections will be completed by Chris Norman, an experienced water and wastewater expert hired by the Township. Chris will provide identification to home owners to confirm his authority.

In 1987, Chris started working with the water and wastewater systems by maintaining and repairing pumps and motors within Township facilities. In 2001, the Township decided to contract water and wastewater services to the Peterborough Utilities Group (PUG), and as a result, Chris became a Senior Water and Wastewater Operator with PUG. Chris retired from PUG in 2015 and is now supporting the Township with the Sump Pump Inspection Program. His knowledge and understanding of water and wastewater systems will provide homeowners with an in-depth and comprehensive inspection.