Enjoy the Winter But Get Ready for Spring: Why Record-Breaking Snowfalls Now Mean Big Problems Later
Make no mistake – it’s not too early to start planning for Spring thaw. Since many parts of North America have received record snowfalls this winter, the Spring will surely bring record-breaking flooding, too.
With ongoing winter storms happening in many parts of the Northeast U.S. and Atlantic Canada, many plumbers are uber-busy with out-of-heat emergency calls, especially in the dark of night or wee hours of the morning. With all the ice and snow covering the landscape, Spring thaw and green grass seem a long way off.
However (after reading this article) we know you’re going to be pro-active instead of reactive and call your plumber ahead of time (read: non-emergency when you’re ankle-deep in basement flood water) and ask them to either schedule you for a checkup on your existing sump pump (especially if it’s an older model), install a brand new one, or (most prudent) install a secondary sump pump in the same pit as your existing one (or two new ones in the same pit).
Does it sound excessive or unnecessary to you to have two sump pumps installed right next to each other?
Have you ever had a sump pump fail?
If you haven’t yet, chances are you will, and it’ll be at the most critical time when you need it most (like during that first Spring rain when the three feet of snow surrounding your foundation starts melting and decides to find its way into your basement). Before you know it you’ll be sloshing around in your new basement water feature.
Make sure the second pump has a battery backup, because the primary pump won’t work without power, so unless you have a house generator that will automatically kick in to supply electric in the event of a power failure, you’ll be relying on that secondary pump.
There’s also the chance that the primary pump can have a mechanical failure, and odds are this will happen when you need it most.
If your basement is finished, having a secondary sump pump is even more important, as water in a finished basement can cause additional problems besides repairing or replacing carpeting and gyproc/sheetrock: mold remediation can run into the thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. (It doesn’t matter if your basement is unfinished, you still do not want any water in your basement.)
Even with the best preventive measures (foundation waterproofing, drainage around the home) there are no guarantees that you won’t get water in your basement, so give yourself some peace of mind and lessen the stress you would otherwise feel when all that snow starts melting.
Contact a licensed and insured plumber now and pre-emptively prevent the damage that flooding can cause in your home by having a sump pump (or two) professionally installed before the Spring thaw.