All we did this Winter was complain about how cold it was and how much it snowed. Those sub zero days were killing us along with snow that wouldn't stop. We haven't had this much snow in years. All that snow is just sitting there. Now as the temperature rises, it's melting. Melting snow along with rain falls causes flooding.
Nobody wants unwanted water in or near their home. Backup water puts pressure on your waste pipes. Yuck, you don't want sewage water backing into your home.
If your home has previous flooded or the neighborhood is known for flooding, you need to prepare. Sump pumps, remove accumulated water in a collecting sump base. You need to get one, if you don't already have one. If you have one, make sure it works. Monthly or quarterly fill it up with water to make sure the pump is working and draining properly. Clean around it, keep all the clutter around it to a minimal. You should also invest in a battery backup sump pump system(Zoeller Aquanet). Trust me you will be thankful. The average pump should last you around 8-10 years. Check with your home insurance, some home insurances will cover it if you are lucky.
I recommend you get a generator, and have annual check ups on your pump. If you have any questions about your pump, or need advice you should check with a plumber.
Living in Chicago or Chicago suburbs we are use to this weather. One day it's beautiful, the next it's a snow storm, the following it's crazy rainfalls. We all, or most of us say that we will move. We never do. We do enjoy having our eventful seasons. It keeps us entertained. Just be prepared and everything will turn out alright. If not, that's what insurance is for. Check with your insurance agent that everything is up to date.
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