John Holland of All Utah, Plumbing, Heating and Air shares tips on protecting your basement from spring flooding. Photo: Gephardt Daily Productions
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, May 4, 2023 (Gephardt Daily/Bill’s Marketplace) — With record snowpack generating record runoff across the Wasatch Front over the next few weeks, John Holland, owner of All Utah Plumbing, Heating and Air to say a few words about protecting your basement from flooding this wet spring season.
John’s Advice: Get a sump pump, and if your basement already has one, make sure it’s in good condition.
While John is usually a big fan of DIY projects and the kind of repairs most people can do themselves, he says installing or replacing a sump pump can be a bridge too far for the average homeowner.
“That’s why, with so many challenges, it really pays to get that particular job done right. A water-logged basement can be disastrous, and the cost of repair and sanitation is well in excess of what you would pay to have a professional install a sump pump. Just a few inches of water can be a nightmare in terms of structural damage and property damage. You’ve got a few feet of water in your basement and you’re going to be replacing stoves, water heaters, and a ton of other stuff.
“Basement flooding after sustained seasonal rains or runoff can be particularly problematic. It’s rarely caused by walls of water sweeping through the streets like a dam has burst, although we have quite a bit of that,” John explained. “Instead, it happens when the flood waters inundate the ground and the water table rises. This rising water seeps up through unsealed foundations and even drains, and within minutes you can have stagnant water in your basement, and as it seeps into your basement through saturated soil, it just keeps coming.
“The reality is, if you don’t have a working sump pump, you can’t stem this tide.”
To learn more about Utah basement flooding and how a sump pump installation or repair can protect your home, watch the podcast below, then contact John and his team online at All Utah Plumbing, Heating and Air or call Call (385) 422-8278.
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