The rain and snow are giving us some much-needed moisture, but the ground can't absorb it fast enough. This means homes could be a target for run-off.
This summer’s drought caused the ground to dry up, but now the soil can’t absorb the large amounts of rain and melting snow.
“Any water that we`re getting could essentially run right down in between the foundation and the soil, run right off the soil and not get absorbed and get down around the footings and into that area where it can seep right into the basement,” says Tom Henderson with Midwest Basement Systems.
Henderson says a sump pump will prevent this, and right now his company is busy trying to keep up with Mother Nature.
“We`ve got two full-time service guys that work every day even Saturdays to try to keep up with the demand to make sure everyone’s stuff is working properly before the spring thaw and spring rains hit us,” says Henderson.
On top of checking you sump pump regularly, you should also have it serviced at least once a year.
Some people even go a step further to make sure their basement stays dry.
“We have battery packs on both of them so if the electricity does go out, the battery pack kicks on so you got 36 hours of extra juice to run the sump,” says John Mercuris of Urbandale.
Some sump pumps can even be connected to your home alarm system, which will give you an alert on your cell phone if the water reaches a certain level.