"We've had this basement flooded quite a few times," says Fargo Home Owner Richard Wagner. "Stand at the top of the stairs or at the bottom of the stairs and watching things float around...it's no fun," he says.
So this year, he's having his new sump pumped checked out before the thaw.
"[I] called up Laney's- John just arrived and he is going to check out my sump pump," says Wagner.
The spring "Stay Dry" program has kept Laney's plumbers busy with hundreds of customers preparing their homes for the warm-up. They say even if your system worked last spring, that doesn't mean it's going to work this spring. They say the cold, long winter months can be hard on the system and can actually cause it to deteriorate.
Laney's Master Plumber John Kilene says he's seen build-up on sump pumps after the winter and even propellers completely rusted off.
"Our customers have lost family photos, important papers due to a wet basement," says Kilene.
The program covers a checklist of 19 different items.
"The main things we check is the sewer check valve, the sump pump, backup sump pump- if you do have one, the outside sump pump discharge line and the outside water spigots," he says.
Laney's says it's difficult to see problems that could cause flooding on your own. They say there are several different systems that all work together and a malfunction in any of them could contribute to water in the basement.