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Flooding: The Unnerving Side of Spring

Thursday, April 14, 2016

On a typical day your backyard may be serene, maybe overlooking the Yellow Breeches Creek or one of the midstate’s other beautiful waterways. But often, that beautiful view and wildlife comes with a sacrifice. The risk could result in a flooded basement, or worse. Enduring the stresses and costs that come along with flooding is difficult, and in some cases can be traumatizing. If you live in a flood zone, or noticed your home has tendency to flood, it may be wise to take some precautions.


There are several precautions you can take outside your home to help prevent interior water damage. Ensure your landscaping outside is directing water away from the home, preferably towards a storm sewer. Also, make sure that your gutters are clean and the downspout pours the excess rainwater at least six feet away from the foundation of the home, further is better.


Now, step inside and make sure the interior or your home is also prepared for flooding. A sump pump is a must for homes that flood. A sump pump is used to transfer water that enters your basement and pump it outside away from your home. The sump pump is located in a sump pit in your basement.


Unfortunately, taking these standard precautions don’t always work. For instance:


-The power could go out


-The main sump pump could become clogged


-The float switch could become stuck or fail


-There might be too much water flushing into the home for the main sump pump to handle


-The discharge pipe could get clogged


There are many circumstances that could occur and result in a flooded basement. That is why we recommend installing a battery back-up sump pump to help supplement for these trying times.


Having a battery back-up sump pump can offer peace of mind by protecting you during a power outage, during types of extreme rainfall, or if you’re primary sump pump fails. It could also prevent much further damage to the home in the event of a flood, which would save you thousands of dollars!


If you would like to learn more about battery back-up sump pumps, please contact Handyside at 717-938-2521.


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