Have you been wishing for sightings of spring? I know I have....and we may be getting that wish this week with temperatures predicted to reach the 50's.  One problem, with so much snow on the ground, and the ground itself frozen up to 20 inches, where is all the melting snow going to go?

That answer is not one we're going to like...... Flooding!  Because of this, It is extremely important to pay attention to the weather reports and take any precautions necessary to safeguard your home and it's belongings.

1- Make sure your sump pump is working properly.

2- Invest in back-up generators in the event that you lose power and your sump pump would not work.

3- Check the sump pump discharge pipe outside of your home to ensure it is not frozen, clogged or blocked by mounds of snow.

4- Make sure your gutters and downspouts are clear and are moving water away from the base of your home.

5- Check your street drains to make sure they are clear of debris and can handle the melting snow.

6- Repair leaking or cracked basement walls and cracks in basement floors. Seal basement walls with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage.

7- Move snow on the ground away from your house, create a clear drainage path.

8- Elevate the furnace, water heater, and electric panel in your basement if you are susceptible to flooding.

Check out your local hardware store for sump pumps and other supplies that may be necessary to safeguard your largest investment...your home.