Check the sump pump
A sump pump allows excess water to collect in a pit in your basement, pumping it outside to prevent flooding. If you have a sump pump, ensure regular maintenance so it’s ready when you need it. Common problems include cracks or leaks in the hose, rusting metal parts and broken motors. Clean your sump pump at least once a year by removing the pump, and cleaning it and the pit itself. Make sure you have a check valve on the discharge pipe (so water can’t flow in), and ensure the cover fits properly to prevent water evaporating in your basement. If you have an alarm to alert you when it starts running, be sure to check that too.
A sump pump can’t function without electricity, so if your home is at high risk of flooding, consider getting a backup power source, such as a battery or generator. If power outages are expected in your area, stay informed by using our Outage Tools.