Have you noticed standing water in your basement after a heavy rainfall?  Is this a rare occurrence or does it happen after every heavy rainstorm?  Most homeowner policies do not cover water damage to your home caused by ground water, so it is important that you identify the cause of basement water damage and then find a way to prevent the water damage from happening again.

Sump pumps are one way to solve the problem.  Sump pumps are used where basement flooding happens regularly and to solve dampness when the water table is above the foundation of a home by sending water away from the house.

Once a sump pump is installed in your home, it is important to check your pump at least once a year to ensure that it is ready to use when needed.  Here are some basic things to look for:

  • Check to see if the power cord is in good shape and plugged in
  • Make sure the drain hose is still connected and that there isn’t any debris in the area that could clog the pump
  • Test the pump by pouring water into the sump pit and make sure it starts automatically.
  • Consider installing a battery back up so the sump pump can operate in a power outage
  • Quickly contact a professional if it is not working properly

Travelers Insurance also suggests that you consider optional coverage to your homeowners policy that covers water backup or sump discharge or overflow since most homeowners policies do not cover this type of water loss.

Let the experts at PHC Restoration help you if you experience a water loss in your basement or anywhere else in your home.  We have staff on call 24 hours a day, ready to help when you need us.  We want to remind you that it is important to extract the water, dry the damaged area and fix the cause of the water damage as quickly as possible.  If not, you could also incur mold damage if you are not careful.