All the rain causing some headaches for homeowners with flooded basements
Greece, N.Y. (WHAM) – All the rain is causing headaches for homeowners. Pride Plumbing spent part of Monday making several house calls for flooding in basements.
One Greece homeowner had to replace his sump pump after all the rain forced it to work overtime.
“They had about two to three inches of water throughout whole basement, and of course it’s coming in pretty quickly," said Sam Valle, a plumber with Pride Plumbing.
The homeowner’s sump pump failed and the water outside came inside his home
"This is like a gutter,” said Valle. “All water that falls around the property is going to go toward the basement. because this is the lowest point."
The homeowner was left with cleaning up the mess. Tom Probst with Emergency Water Removal was taking care of the damage.
"He's got a lot of damage to carpet, walls and possibly insulation behind those walls,” said Probst. “What we do is we come in and remove the carpe, set up dehumidifiers, fans, and dry everything out."
Probst said business also picks up for him this time of year
"This is the season where it gets very busy,” he said. “There's a lot of ground water from melt. There’s a lot of rain. What happens is sump pumps start working overtime."
Probst said there are a couple of things homeowners can do to prevent flooding in their basements. He said consider having sump pump coverage, and check the age of your sump pump. If it's more than six years old, you may want to consider replacing it before it has to overwork or not work well enough.