Are You Ready For Spring Rains? Part One: Sump Up the Volume

April 8, 2015 | Water Damage

Can you feel it?  It’s finally spring!  Sure, the weather’s still a little chilly at times, but soon we’ll be able to feel the warm sunshine, smell the fresh-cut grass, and watch as the world is reborn new and fresh.  Unfortunately, with the season comes the rain.

Indiana averages about 4 inches of rain a month during the spring.  But, as we all know, we’re just as likely to get 4 inches in a single storm here.  Unless your house is properly protected against this sudden influx of water, this can lead to a host of problems such as water intrusion, mold growth, and if left to its own devices long enough, structural damage.  So what can you do to prevent this water from getting into your home?

First question, do you have a sump pump?  If the answer is no, then that’s the first and possibly most valuable thing you can do.  Depending on the size and type of pump you choose, the prices can vary widely, but a good sump pump has one of the biggest bangs for your buck when it comes to keeping outside water where it belongs.

If you do have one, is it functioning properly?  Sump pumps should, at minimum, be checked yearly.  Checking more often is recommended.  How do you check it?  Well, I’m glad you asked, imaginary person who asks me things while I write! There are a couple of ways.  If you really feel like dragging a bucket or a hose over to your pump, then you can put a few gallons of water in your sump pit and see if it turns on. If it does, then it works.  If not, then you might have a problem.  The easy way it open up your sump pit, and just lift the float that turns it on.  See the picture below if you’re unsure what you’re looking for.  Also, keep in mind to only lift the float for a few seconds.  Keeping your pump running without water in it for more the just a moment is a good way to burn out a pump!

Stick around for the next thrilling episode where I’ll discuss…LANDSCAPING!  (Dum, Dum, Duuuummmm!)

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