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Basement Flooding is a Major Risk During Thaw

Updated: Thursday, February 20 2014, 10:46 AM CST

Central Illinoisans won't likely be complaining about the warmer weather, but it could come with some complications for homeowners.

All the ice and snow packed on lawns and around homes is melting now, and that water needs someplace to go. Without proper maintenance, that could be homeowners’ basements.

Sump pumps are starting to kick in to make sure that doesn't happen, but with a chance for freezing temperatures overnight, sump pump lines could freeze and stop working.

"Something to definitely check right now with everything going on is to make sure your sump pump is working, make sure that you don't have any issues with it, make sure it is pumping properly, make sure the line is free and clear and not frozen," Tim Brown with Vital Restoration said.

Failed sump pumps can cost thousands in repairs, especially for homes with water heaters that sit in the basement and are not elevated. Experts say it’s also a good idea to keep a shop vac on hand to minimize damage in homes that see frequent flooding.

Basement Flooding is a Major Risk During Thaw


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