Here in the Ohio Valley, it seems like there’s no end to the unpredictable weather we face in the spring months. From almost unseasonable temperatures to heavy rain and everything in between, it’s never possible to be too prepared for weather in Louisville. So, what can you do about it? Read on for a list of things to consider when weather-proofing your home’s plumbing.
1. A backup sump pump may seem redundant, but trust us - it can save the day.
A sump pump’s job is to keep water from leaking into your house through the foundation. When the spring storms come rolling in, your sump pump is the Superman keeping your house dry. Unfortunately, an electrical storm can act as a sump pump’s kryptonite, and the pump becomes useless without power. Enter its replacement: a backup sump pump powered by water pressure and designed to take over in the event of a power outage. Water-pressure-powered pump installations are not only affordable, but are downright cheap when you consider the thousands of dollars of damage you could be protecting your home from.
2. Make sure your existing sump pump is working.
Even if you opt out of installing a backup sump pump, it’s always wise to verify your existing sump pump is functioning properly. The quickest way to check? Pour several buckets of water into the sump pit. If the pump is working correctly, it should pump out the water.
3. Clean out your drains, especially if they’re not used often.
It’s easy to forget about drains that aren’t frequently used - like the ones in your basement floor - but the reality is that overtime, these drains can slowly become clogged with debris. In the event of an emergency (like a spring storm that takes in unexpected water), these drains serve the vital purpose of getting water out to protect your home from flooding and damage. The easiest way to check these important drains? Pour a bucket of water down them. If the water drains slowly, it’s a good idea to snake the drain.
Need some help with any of these preventative measures, or found a problem during your spring plumbing checkups? We’re happy to assist. Give us a call anytime.