How to Prevent Water Damage

We’ve been getting a lot of rain lately, and this always reminds us that we need to check out our sump pumps. Just after a big rainstorm is the best time to check, and we’ll be showing you what we need to look at.

Your sump pump will be located in your basement, and we install one to two sump pits that allow water from the outside to drain into. It’s a collection point, and any water that falls into the pit must be removed via a shop vac or a sump pump. If your home has a sump pump, pay attention to the electrical outlet. It must be a GFCI outlet with a test button. It’s important to have a power test button so that your pump doesn’t stop functioning during a storm. You can use an outlet tester or simply plug in a night light to ensure that the bulb remains lit. You have to make sure that you’re maintaining power to the pump.

The best time to check your pump is directly after a storm.

Another recommendation is a flood alarm or a water sensor. This will detect when your sump pit is reaching the maximum level and you are coming close to a breach that will flood your basement. The sump pump motor floats in the water, and once it reaches a certain level, it’s activated and will start pumping again until it goes back down to an appropriate level.

You should also walk around your basement after a storm to check for any seepage around your walls and windows. Walk along the perimeter of your basement and investigate for any signs of moisture. If you see anything, investigate it further or call a professional.

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