A simple investment that could save you thousands

By: Max Hess - Email
By: Max Hess - Email

Posted Friday, June 20, 2014 -- 10:00 p.m.

Randy Schmidt's license plate says it all.

"I'm on it," it reads.

Schmidt works for Capital Remediation, and says that June is the busiest month for them when it comes to fixing flooded basements.

"A lot of floods, an awful lot of floods," Schmidt said, adding "we're seeing water intrusion because people aren't diverting the water away from their house correctly, and we're seeing sump pump backups".

The sump pump is key here, and it's more important than you'd think.

Schmidt says testing it is very important.

"Go downstairs tomorrow morning with a five gallon bucket of water, open your sump pump and poor it in."

"If it doesn't turn on, it's broken," he said.

That's something that Brian Brown, who has lived in his Middleton home for the past seven years, wishes he would have done.

When he walked in his basement this morning to grab a soda before work, he was greeted by an unpleasant surprise.

"My feet were squishing on the carpet, it was a bad problem," Brown said.

The first thing he did was call Capital Remediation for help.

They came quickly, using thermal imaging to find out where the water was coming from.

Sure enough, Brown's sump pump was broken.

"It's not really something I thought of until something happened," Brown said.

Schmidt explained that, given that Brown's insurance did cover water damage, it's an out-of-pocket expense that could have been a lot cheaper.

"$150 for a three-quarter sump pump, maybe $150 for or something to put it in," Schmidt said, adding that he recommends a "dual pump system with a battery backup".

That kind of sump pump can save you big bucks in the future, because water in your basement isn't cheap.

"You know your house, it's yours, it's your biggest investment usually, you should take care of it," Schmidt said.

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