With all the rain we've been having, should I be worried about flooding?

Every spring, it seems, houses in our region flood, causing thousands of dollars in property damage and irretrievable losses of sentimental value. The real tragedy is that the vast majority of these floods could have been avoided.

Most newer homes not located on high-ground are equipped with a sump pit and a sump pump in the basement; it’s the job of that little gadget to pump all of the excess water that shows up after spring thaw (or after heavy rains) out of your basement and into a run-off area. For this to happen correctly, the sump pit must be free from any debris that’ll clog up and ruin the pump, and the “floater switch” must have room to operate.  Also, to avoid merely circulating the flood water, your run-off pipe should terminate no closer than four to six feet from your foundation wall, and it should slope down, away from your house.

It’s also very important to ensure that the run-off pipes can drain freely, are not blocked, and are equipped with a back flow protection device; otherwise you could find yourself fighting a losing battle. With professional maintenance and cleaning twice per year (once in the spring, and once in the fall), and a quick test performed at that time (fill the sump pit with water – if the pump turns on, Good! If it doesn’t, Bad!), you’ll have done all that you can do to protect your home and possessions from these kinds of disasters.

If you think that your sump pump may not be operating reliably, or if you’re not sure that you even have a sump pump in your home, you can contact us at 489-8118 for an appointment and we’ll come out, make an assessment, and hopefully be able to put you at ease. Remember, especially when it comes to flooding in your home, that an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.


 


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