As many homeowners know, April showers can bring flooded basements. Heavy rains cause soil to become saturated with water, and that water can leak into your home through window wells or a vulnerable foundation. A sump pump should be able to mitigate the problem, but only if it's in good working condition. Check yours now to prevent costly flooding later. First, check the sump pump pit for debris and remove anything that doesn't belong. Then, fill the sump pump with water to test the float and ensure that it starts and stops properly. Also, take a minute to clean the impeller, the small filter on the sump pump. If this part becomes clogged, it could cause a sump pump to stop running when you need it most.