FLOODING AND BASEMENTS
You might have a sump pump to bail out your basement in case of flooding, but have you checked it lately?
“Too often, people find out it’s not working when the basement starts filling up with water,” says Michael Medaglia, owner of Water Works Plumbing and Heating in Westwood. He advises that you test your sump pump annually by lifting up the float to make sure it comes on. Do it again when serious storms threaten to roll in.
If you’ve ever had basement flooding or water pooling in your back yard, it also might be time to get a professional landscaper to check out your property. Chris Cipriano, owner of Cipriano Landscape Design in Mahwah, says the problem can stem from too much clay in your soil or improperly graded landscaping.