This spring and early summer our weather has been quite peculiar. It has been a wet and rainy season causing many water damage cleanup problems for homeowners throughout Northeast Wisconsin. And, once again a sump pump has failed causing its owners damage to the basement. CCS was called in to clean the water damage from the sump pump failure. Yes, we do talk about this topic over and over again because we see it happen over and over again.
At this particular job, the sump pump failed and there was no backup plan to protect the homeowners. Wisconsin has experienced some areas that have received a lot of rain this season and therefore we are seeing sump pumps run much more continuously than in previous years. With the sump pump running much more frequently it is prone to eventually have issues and break down. Unfortunately, this homeowner’s insurance policy did not have sump pump failure included in the policy. This then leaves them to foot the bill on their own.
We went to the home to help the homeowner with the water damage cleanup from sump pump failure by removing the flooring, removing contents from the affected area and then drying out the basement. After this work was complete, we then sanitize and apply a topical barrier to prevent mold growth. Drying the contents quickly is important as mold can grow in as quickly as 48 hours.
The sump pump was fixed promptly by a licensed plumber. Our suggestion is to always have a backup plan for your sump pump. In our previous blog post, “Sump Pump Failures Happen – Are You Covered in Your Homeowner’s Insurance Policy,” we suggest a dual sump pump and that the second sump pump has battery backup. This blog post goes into more details about dual sump pumps and why they are helpful and how they work. To read the article, click the link above.
We enjoy educating the community on how to protect one of their largest investments. But, if you have any questions about sump pump failures or the rest of this information, please don’t hesitate to call our office. If the unfortunate happens, know that we are here. You can call us 24 hours a day 7 days a week for water emergencies at 920.435.2288.