Springtime Flooding And Other Hazards

The spring thaw has begun and there are many things to think about when it comes to your home:

  • Clear gutters and downspouts
  • Repair loose or damaged shingles
  • Inspect outdoor structure to make sure that there is no damage to home
  • Check lawn for rocks and sticks that have been hidden by the snow
  • Make sure your sump pump and back flow valves are working properly

We have experienced many weeks of cold temperatures and snowfall, it’s finally starting to look and feel like spring time is arriving. I know most of us are more than ready for spring but, spring can bring about heavy rains and rapid snow melt that can increase chances of flooding.

If you have a sump pump, make sure that it’s plugged in and working properly. You can test the pump by simply pouring a bucket of water into the sump well to see if the pump activates. If it doesn’t work you can check the float, many times they will stick due to lack of use. Also, look over the sump well or trench and make sure that it is clear of debris.

A sump pump failure can cause your basement to flood and it can happen quickly. While there is no way to always protect from failure you can lessen the chances through regular maintenance.

Does your insurance cover water issues in your basement?

The best way to determine this is to get in touch with your agent and find out.

When water gets in the basement:

  • Handle it quickly and carefully.
  • Call ProJan to extract the water and get the repairs moving.
  • Contact your insurance company to make them aware of the situation.
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