Wiarton Willie Says “Early Spring”
Wiarton Willie says we are having an early spring this year. Well, I say that you need to have winter before have spring and we haven’t had winter yet. If you know me at all, you know my family and I love winter.
So, now that spring is on its way, the melt waters and spring rains could start flowing through your basement weeping tile. You need to be prepared. Otherwise, you may need to check with your home insurance company to see if your policy offers flood damage.
Check Your Sump Pump
First, check for frozen or clogged sump pump drain lines. Check the lines, at both ends, especially the end where the water exits. If they are clogged or frozen, you might burn out your sump pump and have water flowing through your basement like an indoor pool.
Next, you should make sure that your sump pump is in good working order. If you have a crawl space or basement, it is a great idea to have a new sump pump as backup. Having two pumps is a great idea, in case we have an extra soggy, wet spring. Just ask anyone that has had a pump die on them when the water levels are bursting over the top of the rim. To make sure the new one works, take it out of the box and test it.
Another thing to keep in mind is to put a check valve on the outtake pipe. This will help stop the water from being sucked back into the sump basin. If you need help with this just give me a call.
An Alarm Will Help Prevent Flooding in Your Basement or Crawlspace
I also advise you to put an alarm on the system, especially if you don’t go into your basement or crawl space very often. It will alert you when the water level is too high and is at risk of coming over the top.
If you really want to take precaution, you could install a back up system. Then when the hydro goes out, the sump pump will continue to work, whether it is a pressure system hooked up to town water, a battery backup or a manual or automatic generator. Otherwise it could be the old fashioned backup system, a bucket and a mop.
Don’t Think You Need a Sump Pump?
I know some of you good folks say that you’ve never had water in your sump pump basin, and that’s great. However, I know of a number of homes that the owner said they never had water in their sump holes, EVER. Until that one wet quick spring thaw.
EVERY HOME that has a crawl space or basement should have a sump basin and a sump pump. This just makes sense, because it is a hole in the ground and water always takes the easiest route. It is part of the Ontario Building Code now. If you have any questions about this or anything to do with buildings, just give me a call.
Also, remember, I’m in the business of selling real estate and I would like your business. If you want to sell or buy a home, let’s start planning to meet your real estate goals today. It is going to be a great spring in real estate for all of us.
I’d also love to get your referrals, so if you know anyone else that is interested in moving to upsize, downsize or any size, I would give them the same great service that I would give you.
Thank you very much for stopping by,
I hope that this was helpful
Have a great day!