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With spring right around the corner for Wisconsin residents, those of us in Madison and Milwaukee are prepping for melting snow and heavy rain. The chance for flooding can increase in the upcoming months. It’s important to test your sump pump now, before it doesn’t do its job!
Many homes are already equipped with a sump pump. This common appliance keeps groundwater from finding its way into your basement. Instead, a sump pump will take the excess water and move it away from the foundation of the home. If a sump pump stops working, the water has nowhere to go. Instead, water begins to pool against the foundation, eventually creeping into your basement.
Where there is standing water, there is mold. This can lead to structural problems and even health problems for family members.
To prevent any water or mold damage to your home, test your sump pump in early spring and periodically throughout the summer.
First, simply unplug and plug the sump pump back in. The sump pump outlet will have two different plugs – unplug both, but only plug back in the one for the pump itself.
The second way to test your sump pump is to run water through it and ensure it pulls the water from your home. Pour a bucket of water into the pit of the sump pump. You only need enough to raise the float of the pump, which will cause it to kick on and begin the process of removing the water. If the pump begins to work, it is important to verify that the water is actually being pumped outside of the hole.
Even after testing your sump pump, problems may occur and water damage may find its way into your home. At A&J Property Restoration, we not only remove the water, but will also check for any mold issues while we work.
Our specialists will get your home back to normal as quickly as possible. We handle everything from damage assessment, water removal, and even reconstruction services. Call us today for more information.