Sump pumps working overtime

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — The area was spared from major flooding on Friday after the big thaw and rains over the last couple of days.

Pine Avenue in Warren was one of just a handful of roads that was under water, but several drivers did not let the high water or the road closed signs stop them from going through.

While flooding is at a minimum on the streets and along the riverbanks, all that water may be taking a toll on the sump pumps in residents’ homes.

“Actually I have two, one for each half of the house. It’s a ranch house and it’s an expansion, so I had to put one in each side. It’s been running constantly about the last two days,” said Warren resident Keith Price.

Angelo Sgambati was purchasing a sump pump at the Home Depot in Niles because he said his other one wore out.

Workers there said they have had several customers come in the past few days looking for a replacement sump pump.

“Every time we have large rains or some kind of flooding or snow melts, we always have people coming in to replace their pumps,” said Amy Shafer, plumbing department supervisor at Home Depot.

But she said in most cases, the pump is not the problem.

“Switches are usually the main thing that wears out on the pumps. Most of the manufacturers recommend every two to three years changing the switch,” Shafer said.

Shafer recommends a backup sump pump that runs on battery, in case the main one fails. She said sump pumps could last as long as 20 years as long as homeowners keep up the maintenance on them.

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