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Extreme rain coming. Is your home and sump pump ready?

Forecasters predict WNY could get around 2" of rain this weekend
Posted: 6:17 PM, Jan 08, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-08 18:28:19-05

HAMBURG, N.Y . (WKBW) — Weather forecasters are predicting the WNY area could get excessive rainfall this coming weekend with totals around two inches.

"A storm with one or two inches of rain, everyone could be challenged very easily," said Jim Ziomek, store manager for Ace Hardware in Hamburg.

The store is expecting to see a rush of customers needing to replace broken sump pumps caused by the heavy rain.

"It will be scary especially if you live in a flooded area," added the store manager.

In addition to operating the hardware store, Ziomek is a former home inspector and offered this checklist to help people prepare for the heavy rainfall:

Check gutters and downspouts to make sure water is being directed at least five or six feet from the home's foundation.
Check gutters and downspouts to make sure water is being directed at least five or six feet away from the home's foundation. Otherwise, there is a good chance it will just get back into your sump pump forcing a constant cycle of pumping.
Sump pump hose
Check sump pump hoses to make sure they are not clogged or frozen if outside.
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Worried about flood waters getting into your home or garage? Consider using tube sand. It works like sand bags but is easier because they are already filled and easier to move.
Old sump pump
Replace any sump pump that is older than 5 or 6 years and is a frequent runner. There is a good chance it could fail if it gets excessive use. If it is still operating, keep it as a backup.
Big sump pump
Don't go "cheap" when buying a sump pump. More horsepower means more peace of mind for the homeowner. Too often people try to save by purchasing cheaper pumps, said Jim Ziomek, but they don't last long in situations where they are used constantly for long periods of time.
Pedestal pump
Change that pedestal pump to a submersible pump. Submersibles move more water faster with the motor staying cooler (because it is in the sump well with cold water). Pedestal pumps can overheat in heavy use situations and shut down causing water to get into your basement. If water gets into a pedestal pump's motor, it will be shot. You'll notice that pedestal pumps are becoming harder to find at hardware and home stores.
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Buy a back up sump pump. They are relatively easy to swap out if your pump goes bad. It is a lot cheaper than the damage water can cause to your basement. Also . . . buy a water leak alarm. They only cost around $15 for a battery-powered one and will sound an alarm when they sense water on your basement floor. We found some for sale at Lowe's and Ace Hardware in Hamburg