“Springtime flooding awareness” Part 4 – Forecast preparation, Well Systems – early detection, Sand bagging and water-resistant totes/storage vessels

Although Mother Nature is uncontrollable and always in charge, there are things we can do to prepare for high water and flooding threats like heavy rains, forecasted weather systems and heavy snowpacks.

Keeping abreast of the professionally managed environment forecasting facts that are shared publicly is our best defence when preparing for inevitable threats to our property because of high-water tables. The first thing we need to do is pay attention to the local environmental and weather forecasting so we can be prepared for high water, spring run off, and abnormal weather events.

  1. Typically federal, and municipal forecasts will alert us in advance of aggressive weather systems like abnormal rainfall and unusually high snow-packs. Assessing your proximity to bodies water that are close to your property are critical to planning and executing flood control plans. Ask yourself, are you close enough for swelling rivers and streams to spill over and find their way to your property?

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“Springtime flooding awareness” Part 3 – sump pumps & dewatering systems incomplete water evacuation

Is your property affected buy a dewatering system like a sump pump and well? If so, it is important to check the system for proper operation prior to rising water tables.

A typical system consists of a drainage drywell (drain-rock) surrounding a well case with a pump mounted in the well case activated by a float switch. When well fills with water to a pre-set height the float switch is activated turning on the pump which then pumps the water out of the well through plumbing lines to be safely discharged away from the protected structure.

To check the system for proper operation.

  1. Make sure the pump is plugged in to a proper GFI receptacle.
  2. Test that the power receptacle is supplying power by using a test light or an extension cord that is equipped with a power indicator light.
  3. Lift the float switch slowly until the pump is activated. Then let it back down slowly until the pump shuts off. Take notice of the position that the float must be in to activate the pump, this information is critical so that you can adjust the level of water that is acceptable to you before pump out is required.

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