When should I change my sump pump?
Many people are not aware of the problems that will arise if their sump pump is not working properly. There are also many people that do not know how to test their sump pump. Here is some information regarding sump pump maintenance.
Sump pumps are more active during heavy rains or storms. Depending on where you live, your sump pump will run more or less. Sump pumps should be checked at least once a year and probably more if you live in Eastern Iowa because of the chance for many periods of heavy rain and thunderstorms.
Here are some steps to check your sump pump:
1. Slowly fill the pit where the sump pump is with water. Watch for the float to rise, which would cause the pump to activate. Once the pump activates, make sure the water is drained from the pit.
2. If you have a backup pump, you can test it the same way. Make sure the first pump is unplugged first.
A normal pump will cost you between $150 and $300 to replace if need be. It is better to spend this money than to deal with the mess left behind if the pump fails.
Most people do not know if they have sump pump coverage on their homeowners policy. This is another question to ask. If the pump fails and there is no coverage, you will be in a tough situation.
The average cost of a water damage due to sump pump failure will be between $2,500 and $15,000. This usually involves removing wet carpet and pad, damaged drywall, damaged baseboard, and wet insulation.
Test your sump pump regularly. It is similar to changing the filters on your furnace or changing the batteries in your smoke detectors.
Golf for a Cure a Huge Success!
On Friday June 23rd, two hundred and twenty five community leaders and business owners joined SERVPRO of Cedar Rapids for the 3rd Annual Golf for a Cure Golf Tournament to benefit JDRF. It was a beautiful day on the course and everyone had a great time while raising a lot of money for Type 1 Diabetes Research!
SERVPRO of Cedar Rapids is lucky to be a part of a great community that get's behind each other for great causes like JDRF. SERVPRO of Cedar Rapids is excited for what the future holds with this event. It will be bigger and better again next year!
Thank you to all of the sponsors and volunteers for their generosity and time. SERVPRO of Cedar Rapids cannot say thank you enough for making this event a huge success.
Fire Damages Popular Breakfast Stop
The Cedar Rapids Fire Department was called to Riley's Restaurant on 1st Avenue in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday afternoon. A fire, which started in the area above the kitchen, caused extensive damage to the building. Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire, but not before extensive damage was done to the roof.
SERVPRO of Cedar Rapids was called to the scene shortly after the fire to begin emergency services. Crews were on site into the night getting a tarp on the roof and securing windows and doors. SERVPRO of Cedar Rapids was also hired to assist with cleanup of Moose McDuffy's and Citywide Cleaners. The relationship with the owners of these businesses was started long before the fire happened, and that is why SERVPRO of Cedar Rapids was the first on scene and able to respond quickly to try to get these businesses up and running very quickly.
Within weeks, SERVPRO of Cedar Rapids will be able to make it "Like it never even happened."
Emergency Ready Profile
As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster! Of the businesses that do recover, the overwhelming majority of them had a disaster plan in place. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.
If you are interested in a cost free assesment of your commercial building, contact us today.
Please call 319-393-8430 and speak to Kyle Knock about how he can help your business be prepared with a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile.
Emergency Ready Profile
The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program. Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company.
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We are now associated with Angie's List. Please take time to review us or write a review for work we have completed at your home or business. We have been incredibly busy this spring and early summer because of the amount of rain we have had. We have had the opportunity to serve many people in the Cedar Rapids Area over the last few months.