Melting Snow, Rain Means Sump Pumps Should be Checked

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A warm-up on the way and rain in the forecast may signify a change in the seasons, but the snow that has accumulated this winter still needs to see its way out.

And according to Katy Martin of Martin Hardware, melting snow can mean problems for homeowners.

“The snow starts to melt, the ground is still frozen, so there’s no place for the water to go,” she said.

Bruce Schroeder of BHS Plumbing told Local 5 that oftentimes, that water ends up in basements, something a sump pump prevent.

“[it] pumps it out to the storm sewers for the most part,” he said.

It’s around-the-clock work for a sump pump, which can take a toll over time.

That means that experts recommend taking the time to check if your sump pump is working properly.

“Everybody should check their sump pumps,” Schroeder said. “Even if you are at a higher area or a sandier area where you don’t tend to have the problem, those are usually the ones that go first.”

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

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