Winter 2016 in the greater Woburn, Massachusetts area has been filled with ups and downs. One day, the lows are below zero and the next, the highs are in the 50s. Fluctuations this big can cause a number of issues for your home and some you might not even be aware of.
When temperatures rise and fall, your basement is at risk of flooding and the associated structural damage. The residential plumbing experts at Addario’s have seen the damage a flooded basement can cause and know that without prevention, repairs can cost up to $50,000. If you want to safeguard your Massachusetts basement from flooding, here’s what to do:
- Sump Pump installation or repair: Having a sump pump is one of the best preventative measures for basement flooding. When snow and ice melt, it will travel into your basement, accumulating water that damages your foundation and stimulates mold growth. With a sump pump however, that water goes into a pit where it’s then discharged safely away from your home. If you don’t have one, now’s the time to have it installed before the rainy season hits in April. If you do have one, it’s wise to get it inspected or repaired so any water build-up can safely be removed.
- Ejector Pump installation or repair: Similar to a sump pump, a sewage ejector pump plumbs into your wastewater system to help keep your basement dry by transferring gray water to your sewer drainage line. If they get clogged or fail, your foundation is at risk of flooding. You should have your ejector pump in your Massachusetts home inspected now to make sure it’s working properly.
- Generators: While you may not think of a generator as a preventative tool for basement flooding, they can play a major role in preparedness. For example, if your power goes out during a storm, how will your sump and ejector pumps work? A stand-alone generator can ensure you always have the power needed to keep your basement dry.
- Drainage: The last thing you want when trying to drain your basement is clogged sewer lines. Having your entire drainage system video inspected is the best way to determine the condition of your wastewater lines and if they need to be repaired.
Keeping your basement dry is the right step toward keeping your home reliable for years to come. If you want to ensure your foundation is water-free in Massachusetts, give Addario’s Plumbing a call today.