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A sump pump is your first line of defense against basement flooding due to spring rains, and a little maintenance on it now will save a lot of trouble later in the season. Remove the cover on the sump pump and remove any debris that has accumulated. Test the sump pump by pouring water into the pit. If the pump switches on after the water level reaches 9 inches, everything is in working order. If not, it may need to be replaced.
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