Extreme Weather and Your Sump Pump

11/02/15 7:31 PM

You may think that you can forget about water in your basement when the temperatures outside are below freezing.  After all, frozen water is solid water and solid water won’t move.

That’s true but don’t forget what Mark Twain said about weather in Connecticut.  If you don’t like it, wait a minute and it will change.

That switch between freezing and thawing in winter can translate to some tricky flooding problems and you’ll find water in your basement faster than you can say, “Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.”  The water will have different paths to travel when the ground is frozen, which usually results in new flooding patterns.  This may be a different level of water or even a new flooding area in the home.

If you own a sump pump, then you are already addressing an existing water problem.  And the pump may not have run in a few months because the transition from fall into winter can be a break from basement flooding problems.

If you haven’t tested your sump pump, it may be a good idea to put a little water into a bucket and give the equipment a little bit of a run.  You don’t want to find a problem when the water is rushing into your basement because the snow has melted and is pushing against your foundation rather than seeping into the ground.  Waterfalls are pretty but not when they are against the interior walls of your basement.

The other trick that helps homeowners avoid problems is a simple task.  We tend to avoid basements in the winter because they’re cold.  Make sure you do a quick walk around down there to look for new damp areas or even standing water.  The dead of winter is a great time for indoor projects so perhaps clear out some of that stuff you haven’t used in years and make it easier to keep an eye on every corner of your basement.

If you have any questions, call Classic Plumbing by Reno for a quick evaluation of your existing sump pump or, if water has recently entered your home, some expert plumbing advice on how to deal with the problem easily and effectively, before mold and other issues create health problems for you and your family.

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