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  1. Tips for Making Sure Your Sump Pump is Working

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    One of the main causes of basement flooding, is from a sump pump failure. These examples can happen from the power going out, from heavy rainfall and outside flooding, old age, frozen or clogged pipe, lack of maintenance, or it was installed wrong.

    The way a sump pump works is pretty basic. Your basement has a drain system around the perimeter of the outside wall that feeds into the sump pump. In the corner of your basement, there is a hole dug and a sump pump is placed in order to capture and pump out that water. The pit can fill up from rain, for example, and the pump will switch on and pump the water into various pipes that feed out away from your home’s foundation. It is a very simple mechanism.

    The key to avoid failure all comes down to maintenance. Some of these problems can just occur, and are hard to avoid, but the odds are in your favor if it is something you regularly keep an eye on. It is always a good idea to do regular checks on the pump. The best way is to simply lift the float up and the pump should come on. If not, then you will need to find out why it is not working. Here are some other tips:

    1. Try to check the pump for particles and debris by properly cleaning it
    2. There is a float switch on the sump pump, make sure it is not restricted
    3. Clean all the vents and spaces to allow it to function at its best
    4. Have a battery backup in case of a power outage to ensure your sump pump can still run

    Again, sump pumps sometimes fail, and it is not a reflection on you! In order to have a good chance of it NOT failing, just make sure to maintenance, and as always, call a professional if there are any possible questions as to whether you are having an issue or fear.

  2. You’ll Never Guess the Reasons Mold Grows in Your Home

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    Most homeowners call us regarding mold in their home and it is usually caused by these four reason

     

    • While trying to sell their home, the home inspector found signs of mold
    • They had a flood in their home, for example in their basement, and it was not dried professionally
    • The foundation in the basement leaks and mold started growing on the walls
    • Someone in the house has gotten sick, usually with breathing problems and mold may be why

     

    Do not fear, there are a couple of options on how to solve your issue on removing mold! One option you can do is contact a certified mold inspector or contractor and let them guide you through the process. If the mold is easily seen, this can be a good option for you. The other option is to contact an industrial hygienist who will inspect your home and test the air quality. An industrial hygienist will give you an explanation of the lab results and provide a scope of work on what needs to be done to remove the mold. A certification letter will then be given to you after the work is done so that you can sleep better at night knowing your home is mold free.

    One mistake that homeowners make is hiring a testing company that takes air samples. Testing companies are not qualified to provide an explanation or the results of the lab work or provide a scope of work for proper mold removal. It you hire a company who comes into your home and uses words like “toxic”, “hazardous”, and “dangerous” beware. Often times this is a scare tactic used to drive up the cost of the job. One last thing. It is never an accepted practice for a testing company to do their own mold removal. If either of these things happen with a contractor, always get a second opinion or call an industrial hygienist.