Check your sump pump!

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Much of this week has been spent figuring out what to do with all the snow in our area.

Now that snow has begun to melt and is expected to melt even more with this weekend’s warmer temperatures.

Martin Hardware in Green Bay is expecting a surge of customers.

As the temperatures have risen and snow disappears people have been checking their sump pumps.

“As it’s melting, I’m seeing more people come in for flooding related problems due to either in the basement or outside with the snow clogging drains both outside and inside the house,” says Katy Martin.

Basement specialists say this is the best time of year to check because this one household fixture can cause a problem.

“This time of the year frozen pipes,” says James Pouwels of Pouwels Basement Specialists. “Make sure that when that pump starts that the water is actually moving and isn’t stuck there so if it is in a frozen pipe under the snow disconnect it, put an extension on it temporarily and get that water so it flows away from the house.”

If you’re experiencing issues with your pump, you’re not alone.

Hardware stores see people come in with these issues.

“A lot of people have parts breakdown, the pipes are clogged, the switches go out on the pumps or they just don’t have enough drainage to get it far enough away from the house where it’s not just coming right back in,” says Martin.

To make sure your pump is up and functioning properly, remove the cover, fill the tank with water and see when the pump starts. 

But you don’t necessarliy need water to check.

“You can physically do it without the water by just pulling up the float and making sure that the pump starts,” says Pouwels. “It’ll be running dry so don’t do it very long.”

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