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Protect your basement from flooding


As the winter weather starts to melt, now is the time to make sure your basement is protected from flooding. A couple area experts give their advice on how to keep your basement dry.

"I can't emphasize enough about the weather we have coming this week and how important it is to check your sump pump. Because that waters gotta go somewhere," said Troy Johnson with Connor Company.

Chances are if your sump pump is broken, that waters headed straight for your basement. Johnson says there's an easy trick to make sure it's in working order.

"Lift the float up and the pump comes on. If it doesn't come on you have a problem," he said.

If you don't have a working sump pump or need on installed, that's where Matt Morgan with Pearson Plumbing comes in. The company expects a lot of calls over the coming days because of the amount of calls for flooding he expects.

He says in addition to a sump pump, there are other ways to protect your basement from water.

"Water alarms have very sensitive prongs when touched by water. They act just like a fire alarm and so if you're upstairs on your first or second level and you hear that alarm goes off, you would know then you've got some issues," said Morgan.

If water is already coming into your home, then it's probably time to call a professional.

"Whether it be a sump pump issue or frozen pipes this time of year, we're equipped with the resources to handle it all," said Morgan.

Some other tips to keep your home flood free include clearing your gutters. They should take water at least three feet away from your foundation. And make sure to clear away any snow around the home, especially if it's against a basement window.


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