Nearly 5 inches of rain has fallen over the Baltimore region and according to the National Weather Service, a flash flood warning was put into effect this afternoon. So what exactly does this mean for your home?
If you have a sump pump, great, this is your first line of defense. However, if you come home to water in your basement or lower level, here are a few things to consider:
- If your sump pump failed, first check to ensure that it’s plugged in.
- If there is adequate power, then the pump itself may have failed or burned out from overuse or age.
- With the amount of rain we’ve already received, debris may have clogged or obstructed your drain causing water to backup. If this is the case, simply perform a visual check of your system’s discharge line and clear away an obstruction.
If there aren’t any signs of flooding, we suggest that you keep a close eye on the lowest level of your home to prevent major water damage.