Winter is coming to a close, and spring is upon us — how exciting!
However, with spring comes the heavy melt that thaws all that snow in our yards and on our houses, running it down to the lawn, the sidewalks, and the gutters. We face it every year, but it never gets any easier or any more fun to deal with. So we have some tips on how you can control and prevent flooding in and around your home during this year’s winter thaw. Plus, we’ll discuss how you can plan ahead for the rainy season to come! We never get a break, do we?
Spring Plumbing Tips to Handle the Massive Snow Melt
There are some critical inspections you can make in and around your home to ensure you have no flooding or water flow issues as the massive amounts of snowmelt around your property.
Test Your Sump Pump
We always recommend testing your sump pump regularly, especially before or during times of heavy rain or melting snow. Simply pouring a bucket of water into your sump basin can trigger the pump to start, allowing you to ensure that it is functioning properly. AJ Alberts offers system inspection and testing as well to ensure you prevent a sump pump failure.
Protect Yourself From a Flooded Basement
There are some precautions you can take to prep for a potential flood that helps to alert you and protect your belongings if a flood should ever happen. It’s always better safe than sorry.
Install Flood Alarms
You can install flood detectors in your basement as a first line of defense against any basement flooding. These devices will sit on the basement floor and detect when water reaches a certain level in the basement. It can then set off an alarm or connect to a phone app or your home security system to alert you of the flood.
Install Battery a Backup System for Your Sump Pump
Electrical outages during a rainstorm are one of the main reasons basements flood because your sump pump loses power! This is why it’s crucial to have a reliable back-up battery system that can kick-on in the event you lose power. Your back-up system will prevent rainwater from overflowing the sump basin, and flooding your basement.
Organize Your Belongings
The goal is to prevent a flooded basement altogether, but if it does happen to you, you’ll want to ensure your personal belongings and storage are safe from water damage. Install some metal shelving, not wood, that is not susceptible to mold growth. Don’t store anything on the floor, but if you do make sure everything is in plastic Tupperware containers, not cardboard. Cardboard will get wet and grow mold very quickly, ruining your belongings, and creating a hazard for your home.
Ensure Discharge Pipes Sump Baskets are Free of Debris
As the snow melts enough to walk around the yard, you should make sure yard drains, downspouts, and gutters are free of debris from the melting snow. Ice could have damaged plumbing vents, hoses, and outdoor faucets. Make sure to do a thorough inspection and run your garden hoses to check for external leaks.
Other helpful indoor plumbing tips
Check Your Water Pressure
Be mindful of any changes in water pressure, as that can be a sign of a water leak. You can also check this by doing a reading of your water meter in the evening, then, without using any water overnight, check again in the morning. A change in the water meter reading could indicate a slow leak that needs repair.
Examine Pipes for Leaks and Cracks
Check your exposed pipes in the basement, under sinks, and around your house for any visible cracks or leaks due to freezing. Older homes typically have older plumbing that may be showing signs of deterioration so it’s good to check everything before a slow leak leads to costly repairs and damage.
Clearing your lines, pipes, checking for leaks, and ensuring your sump pump is working properly will set you up for a safe and flood free spring. AJ Alberts is here to help you prep for spring with inspections and any repairs you may need. Check out our customer service maintenance plan so you can rest assured every year, in every season that you won’t have to deal with a flooded basement.