'Mr. Fix-It' gives three tips to preventing basement floods in heavy rain
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MILWAUKEE - "Four more inches of rain? Oh my gosh!" said Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Mr. Fixit," Tom Feiza on "Wisconsin's Morning News."
Most of us are responding that way to the current Storm Team 4Cast, but Feiza has a few tips people should follow to make sure that heavy rains don't turn into a basement flood.
"Draining, gutters and downspouts. Clean the gutters if they're overflowing. The other thing is downspout extensions. Make sure they're connected and away from your house," said Feiza.
"You can walk around and see where your water's ponding. If it's next to the house, there's a problem."
Feiza understands what wet weather means to our homes - particularly if our sump pumps running constantly or not running at all.
"Either combination is bad," said Feiza.
"They should be able to keep up with your water. If not, there's a few things you should be able to do outside your house to try to correct that problem."
Some older homes in Milwaukee don't have sump pumps, but another mechanism to keep water from flooding in your basement.
"In the Milwaukee area, we have a Palmer valve, a footing drain, in the floor drain of older houses (1910-55), then they stopped using those," Feiza told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Gene Mueller.
"It serves as a sump pump, but it drains the water down a sanitary sewer. If you're getting water in your basement and it's seeping through the walls, look in the floor drain, look about 10-12 inches. On the side is a round, brass disk - the Palmer valve, about three inches in diameter, and you hook it with a pry bar and try to loosen it up if it's stuck closed. If it's not opening up, it won't drain water. It would be like turning your sump pump off."