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Check Your Sump Pump to Prevent Storm Damage

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

When the rain pours do you check your sump pump?

If you answered no to this question here are some things to consider checking,

  • Is there power to the sump pump? Check that it is plugged in and the breaker is not tripped.
  • Is the float free of any debris and away from the side wall where it won’t work properly?
  • Is the inlet free of any debris that could prevent it from pumping the water out?
  • Does the pump work? An easy way to test this is by filling the pit with enough water to reach the float of the sump pump to trigger the pump.
  • Another thing that you should check is where the sump pump drains. Ensure that it drains far enough from the foundation that the water doesn't leak right back in.

A proper working sump pump can save you considerable amounts of money after a significant rainfall event.

If damage does occur though SERVPRO of Iowa City / Coralville is here to help.

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