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The water table is rising as the ground is saturated from all the melting snow. I recommend taking a quick peak at your sump pump, if you have one, and making sure it's working to prevent basement water damage. Here's some easy steps on what to do.


1.) Locate the exit pipe, also called an outlet pipe, on the exterior of your home through which your sump pump directs the water from your basement. Inspect the outlet pipe for damage. Verify that the pipe has no clogs made of debris or ice, depending upon the current weather conditions. Make sure that the outlet pipe is clear and will direct water away from the foundation of your house. Remove any clogs or move the outlet pipe if necessary.

2.) Look over the sump pump in the basement of your home. You can usually find it near the interior walls of the foundation, typically in an unfinished area of the basement. Verify that the electrical cord for your sump pump is plugged into an outlet. Remove the lid to the sump pump, if your pump has a lid. Using a flashlight, inspect the interior of the basin for any clogs or debris. Remove any debris that you find.

3.) Pour approximately 5 gallons of water into the basin of your sump pump. Pour slowly (at approximately the same speed that water might flow into the basin from the basement) until the sump pump turns on and begins to pump out water. Do not pour in more water than the basin will hold. Expect the sump pump to begin pumping out water when the water level reaches approximately 8 to 12 inches below the surface of the basement floor.

5.) Look for a float on the sump pump. (Your sump pump may not include a float.) Verify that the float functions correctly and does not catch against the lid or basin, as its proper operation ensures that the sump pump turns on when the water level reaches the correct height.

6.) Make any necessary repairs based on your test of your basement sump pump. Continue to test your sump pump regularly (every few months) and replace your pump if needed.

Kevin Houle
A-List Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, LLC
(339) 613-7565


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A-List has gotten a few calls for wet basements with all the rain and snow melting. Keep us in mind as it takes less than 72 hours for microbial growth to start. The faster you start the proper drying the better your chances of saving the carpet.

Kevin Houle
A-List Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning LLC
(339) 613-7565

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Well, I’m sure we’ve all heard the news by now that we are expecting a visit from hurricane Sandy early next week, and are doing some preparation before her arrival. We at A-List are dedicated to protecting your investment, and have come up with some preventative measures you can take to avoid Sandy getting the best of your basement. To help alleviate the headache of unwanted water damage, we are on call if you need any of our services, and we also have a public adjuster we can refer if you are in need!

I know I personally will NOT be taking any chances with mother nature or question her capabilities. Here are a few tips on how you can protect your home against water damage:

• Test your sump pump to ensure it is working properly

• Wrap any furniture legs in sandwich bags then tin foil to prevent furniture stain from staining the carpet

• Avoid storing expensive, valuable or irreplaceable items in your basement (if at all possible) otherwise make sure they are up off the floor

• Remove all electrical wires from the floor, placing them as high up as possible

• Check with your homeowner’s insurance to check your coverage for damages caused by overland flooding or infiltration flooding

Think water damage can’t affect your health? Please beware for safety reasons that ground water is categorized as “Category 2 or3 Water” and even though it may appear to look like regular rain water, it is the most hazardous to your health! We can’t stress how quickly “Category 2” can turn into “Category 3” hazards. The different categories of water and examples of their sources are:

• Category 1: Originates from a sanitary water source and poses no
substantial risk to humans.
• Category 2: Water originating from ! foundation seepage, broken
aquariums, and water bed leaks, and is also unsanitary. Category 2
water can deteriorate quickly to Category 3, for many reasons including
untimely removal of the water, contact with more contaminated
surfaces, elevated temperatures, and other circumstances.
• Category 3: Grossly unsanitary water potentially containing
pathogenic, toigenic, or other harmful contaminates. E.G., Sewage
back-up, toilet back up, seawater, ground surface water, stream or
river water, and wind-driven rain from severe weather events.

Exposure to water damage can cause illnesses and distressing symptoms in susceptible individuals. Some of the problems are of an allergic or immunologic nature, some from the abrasive effects of microbial volatile organic compounds, but the causes for many other symptoms remain unknown. If you have any specific questions, we are always here to answer them via text message, e-mail, call us, or visit our website. Have a great weekend everyone, and we hope you found this information helpful in the fight against water damage and flooding!!!!

Warm Regards,
Kevin Houle
A-List Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning LLC
(339) 613-7565

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