“Sump pumps are built to run a marathon,” Hirth said. “When sump pumps sit dormant for this long and we get this heavy amount of rain, it’s basically asking them to run a sprint.”
Basements will flood when sump pumps fail, Hirth said.
“The weakest points of any home is where the foundation meets the wall,” Hirth said. “Water has a chance to come off the roof and saturate the foundation. It’s the least path of resistance. When you see cracks in walls or in the foundation, it may look damper or the concrete will be a darker color. It’s a clear sign of issues.”
News Center 7’s John Bedell is working on this story, and he’ll have more later today.
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