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February
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English: Mullaghbane Townland. Flooding has oc...Spring is near. While there are many wonderful things about spring, such as warmer temperatures, more daylight, and blooming flowers, it isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. For many, spring is the time of year to give the house a good ole scrub down, which can be a big and time consuming task! The spring cleaning process could be much worse for some people though.

Flooding is likely to occur this spring due to the extensive amount of snowfall this winter. For the areas of the country that are used to lots of snow, the concern is where all of the snow will go once it melts since lakes, rivers, and drains can only hold so much of the water. Cities that are seeing an extensive amount of snow for the first time in ten years will also be affected by the melting snow since it isn’t a typical situation for them.

City officials across the country are working to prevent flooding from the inevitable melting snow as well as preparing for the possibility of floods, but there are some things you can do as a home owner to keep your basement dry this spring too. And if you don’t want to spend all spring cleaning up mold from a flooded basement, then you better check out these tips to prevent it from happening:

  • Inspect your foundation for any cracks that may let water in.
  • Make sure your downspouts are directed away from your foundation so runoff water from your roof doesn’t become an issue.
  • Ensure that your sump pump is working properly by unplugging and plugging it back in. It is also a good idea to have a back-up battery for your sump pump.
  • Consider using a dehumidifier if there is a lot of moisture in the air, especially in your basement.
  • If possible, move snow away from your home. Doing this will give the ground a chance to soak up some of the melted snow leaving less to enter your house.

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