Springtime in Chicago is beautiful and colorful. However, before the “May flowers” begin blooming and blossoming, we must endure April showers. The spring thaw and seasonal rains can make more than just mud around your home. Your basement and home foundation are especially susceptible to damage and flooding this time of year. Without proper preparation, you are at an increased risk for paying extensive amounts of money to repair serious damage caused by rain and flooding. Here are a few of our tips for keeping your basement dry this season, and beyond.
Start with a Pump
Sump pumps are mandatory for homes with a basement or crawl space. Homeowners who have ever attempted a spring thaw without a functioning sump pump will assuredly never do it again, as basement flooding can happen quickly during a spring rainstorm. If you currently do not have a sump pump, or if your sump pump is in need of repair, do not wait any longer to invest in a replacement unit.
Sump pumps typically last around 7-10 years in the Chicagoland area. If your pump is approaching 7 years old, it is wise to replace it before you begin seeing signs of it slowing down. If your pump is less than 7 years old, but it making loud or bizarre noises, or if you are noticing water anywhere in your basement or crawl space, give us a call. Our experienced staff members are well versed in repair and replacement of sump pumps and can give you a quick assessment and plan for your sump pump unit.
Assure Plumbing Pipes are Clear
After your sump pump is ready for the busy spring season, it is also wise to call us to assess your plumbing. Clogged plumbing pipes are common during the spring thanks to extra debris, like leaves and sticks, being washed away during storms. Our team can provide an assessment of your pipes as well as clear any blockages before they become a more serious problem.
Is your home ready for spring? With the right preparations, you can keep your basement dry and your foundation solid for another year.