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You probably already have a home maintenance checklist: Replace the furnace filter each season, shut off water spigots before winter, clean the gutters, etc. That’s a good start, but there are jobs that homeowners often forget about, or don’t even know about. Here are some important home maintenance items that may not be on your list—items that may cause a big headache, or worse, cost you big money if you neglect them.

You probably already have a home maintenance checklist: Replace the furnace filter each season, shut off water spigots before winter, clean the gutters, etc. That’s a good start, but there are jobs that homeowners often forget about, or don’t even know about. Here are some important home maintenance items that may not be on your list—items that may cause a big headache, or worse, cost you big money if you neglect them.

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Sump Pumps - Bob Vila.     "A secondary pump installed right next to the first is a good idea, especially if your basement has been converted to living space. If your primary pump fails or is overwhelmed, the back-up pump automatically takes over. For extra insurance, when the power goes out, as in a storm, a battery-powered back-up pump can cont pumping for up to 2 days...   Combo packs exist w/2 or 3 pumps. Or install a water alarm and keep a spare pump."

Sump Pumps - Bob Vila. "A secondary pump installed right next to the first is a good idea, especially if your basement has been converted to living space. If your primary pump fails or is overwhelmed, the back-up pump automatically takes over. For extra insurance, when the power goes out, as in a storm, a battery-powered back-up pump can cont pumping for up to 2 days... Combo packs exist w/2 or 3 pumps. Or install a water alarm and keep a spare pump."

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Keep your basement dry with a sump pump. Tom Silva shows you how to install one here. | thisoldhouse.com

Keep your basement dry with a sump pump. Tom Silva shows you how to install one here. | thisoldhouse.com

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Both the Federal Clean Water Act of 1987 and many local ordinances mandate sump pump usage. These systems can help keep floodwater out of home basements and crawlspaces. To learn more about installing a sump pump in your home, browse through this plumbing infographic. Source: http://www.arrowplumbinglibertyville.com/668475/2013/03/22/basement-savers-sump-pumps-and-back-up-systems.html

Both the Federal Clean Water Act of 1987 and many local ordinances mandate sump pump usage. These systems can help keep floodwater out of home basements and crawlspaces. To learn more about installing a sump pump in your home, browse through this plumbing infographic. Source: http://www.arrowplumbinglibertyville.com/668475/2013/03/22/basement-savers-sump-pumps-and-back-up-systems.html

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This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shares a permanent way to collect and disperse sump-pump water.

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shares a permanent way to collect and disperse sump-pump water.

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You probably already have a home maintenance checklist: Replace the furnace filter each season, shut off water spigots before winter, clean the gutters, etc. That’s a good start, but there are jobs that homeowners often forget about, or don’t even know about. Here are some important home maintenance items that may not be on your list—items that may cause a big headache, or worse, cost you big money if you neglect them.

You probably already have a home maintenance checklist: Replace the furnace filter each season, shut off water spigots before winter, clean the gutters, etc. That’s a good start, but there are jobs that homeowners often forget about, or don’t even know about. Here are some important home maintenance items that may not be on your list—items that may cause a big headache, or worse, cost you big money if you neglect them.

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