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Published March 22, 2013, 08:48 PM

Test your sump pump before spring hits

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A new flood forecast has cities and counties preparing for a fight. But homeowners in Fargo should also be preparing for the wet spring to come.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A new flood forecast has cities and counties preparing for a fight. But homeowners in Fargo should also be preparing for the wet spring to come.

The issue this spring isn't just with the river going over its banks. The soil right now is very dry and cracked, so when all of this snow finally melts, it's going to sink right down into those cracks.

Before spring hits, test your sump pump to make sure its working. You can dump in a bucket of water to see that everything is running smoothly. Or have a professional come in and check it out.

Carl Meckle, Laney's Plumbing Service: "We do a 'Stay Dry' inspection, and we've had quite a few of those. It entails checking the sump system. Just because people want to make sure their home is protected."

Also make sure the outside discharge pipe is not frozen. Pick up any drain plugs now, they tend to sell out this time of year. Place a sandbag or something heavy on top to help with the pressure. But be sure to check them often.

Carl: "Some people will plug their floor drains and then you have seepage that can be coming from your foundation. So, you want to keep an eye on it."

Sometimes all the preparation in the world can't stop the water from coming in. And if you're still in need of flood insurance, it may already be too late. There is a 30-day grace period before it goes into effect, and the latest the Red River has crested is April 19th.

April Walker/City Engineer: "Now is the time, if you don't have your flood insurance policy in hand, to do that, because we may be within that 30-day window already."

Just in case the worst happens, remove any valuable items from the at-risk areas of your home.

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