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Preventing basement flooding

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Monday's warm temperatures felt great and some of us are happy about the melting snow.

Some others woke up to a basement full of water.

The snow melted so quickly over the past 48 hours - and we are only supposed

to get more snow and rain overnight.

The owner of INTEK Cleaning and Restoration said most people will be fine with that extra moisture, but for some it will cause major problems.

Spring is trying to make an appearance, but winter is holding on strong.

"The frost is five feet deep and so the frost is not going to allow any water to penetrate the ground so consequently it has to run somewhere," said Jerry Berg, owner of INTEK Cleaning and Restoration.

He said the mix of seasons is causing a lot of basement flooding.

"It's kind of a one two punch. Whatever snow is left and especially where you have piles or accumulation or where you put all the snow from your driveway, plus the rain which is going to melt that," Berg said.

So what can you do?

Berg said to make sure water can flow and flows away from your home.

"Go out and check your yards out and make sure there isn't any damming or pooling and don't let it get next to your foundation," he said.

He adds to break up ice so water can flow freely and move snow away from your foundation.

"I mean, eventually it'll melt, but it won't melt before it causes you a lot of heartache," Berg added.

If you do wake up with flooding, call a company like his right away.

"We'll extract the water, we'll get the water out of the carpet. We would like you to start moving stuff and we'll help you move if necessary, but once we get the carpet extracted, we'll pull it up, we'll remove the pad and dry it in place," Berg said.

One thing you can do to prevent flooding in the future is install drain tiles.

They collect water around the foundation so it can be pumped away from your house, but Berg said this is a long process that requires a contractor and jack hammering your basement.

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