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Melting Snow and a Sump Pump PSA


Do you fear those days where all the winter snow suddenly melts and causes the whole world outside of your home to become one big puddle?

While we do get our fair share of flash floods, these types of floods can be a lot more insidious because they happen slowly and almost every year at the same time.

Depending on how much snow we get, they can vary in size and scale. If you’re not prepared, you could see your basement flood right before your very eyes.

Sump pumps in Champaign, IL are known to help protect basements from floodwaters. What homeowners might not know is that they can also protect from other occurrences like melting snow and ice. No matter where the water is coming from, it’s likely going to head downwards into your basement, and our team can be the one to help stop it in its tracks!

How These Floods Happen

When we imagine flash floods, we usually think of a heavy downpour leading to several feet of water taking up areas of property or the street. Sometimes that happens, but it’s not particularly common up here. Torrential rain is more common in tropical locations, and we don’t see such heavy rainfall unless it’s a once-in-a-lifetime kind of occurrence.

However, we do see snow, rain, and ice, which all come from different seasons and locations. Depending on the season and some of the temperature fluctuations, what would normally be a snowy day could turn into a flash flood in just a few days.

Where the Water Comes From

Our local infrastructure is built to handle several feet of snow when we get a snowstorm, and several inches of rain at a time. However, snow can build up and stay on property, sidewalks, and other areas for days at a time, accumulating more and more depending on how the weather turns out.

Then, all it takes is one 60 degree day in the early spring to cause all the snow to melt and start flooding the ground. Mix that with mist or rain, and you have a flood on your hand.

The tricky part about melting snow is the fact that it happens every year around the same time, irrespective of the weather outside. If you’re not careful or you’re out of the house for a brief period of time, you could return to muddy property and a flooded basement.

Sump Pumps Can Help

Sump pumps are basically systems set up to remove any flooding water that might cause problems for your basement. There’s a ditch that’s drilled where the sump is installed, and the pump then pushes the water that’s collected in the ditch out to an area where it can safely exit your property.

It doesn’t matter how much snow melts, how much rain we get, or how foggy things become, all of that moisture will stay safely away from your property.

Contact Pipeworks Inc. to have your very own sump pump installed protect your property further.

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