Mid-Michigan is under a winter weather warning from 1 a.m. Saturday until 10 a.m. Sunday Jan. 12. Heavy rain is expected and that means sump pumps will be working overtime.

According to WILX, professionals say sump pumps last about five years in normal weather conditions, but areas that experience more rain and water tables may need to replace them more often.

Sump pumps have their own automatic check valve, but it's still important to make sure they're functioning correctly.

Making sure your pump is free of debris and the float is moving freely up and down are ways to make sure the pump is still working correctly.

Another important thing to check out is your generator, if you have one. The exhaust on generators contain carbon monoxide, which has no color or odor and can kill you.

The generator should be located at least 15 to 20 feet from the house to be safe. Generators should never be inside the home or garage.

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