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Warmer temperatures come with a cost

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The warmer temperatures are coming with a cost. Flooding has become a major concern in central Wisconsin. Many of us want the snow gone, especially after this brutal winter. But, public works crews say it can't go too quickly. For the past two days crews in Wausau have been clearing storm drains so the melting snow has somewhere to go. But, what about flooding inside your home? Experts say there are ways to prevent that.

It's been a crazy few days for Sure-Dry Basement.

"We have all hands on deck right now," said Ryan Weyers, marketing manager.

The company specializes in basement repair. Right now, they're experts in flooding.

"We're seeing a lot of basement leaking, particularly through cracks that people haven't noticed before," explained Weyers.

In fact, during the past two days the company has received more than 100 phone calls.

"The phones have been ringing off the wall," said Tim Newhouse, project manager.

We caught up with crews from Sure-Dry Basement at a home in Wausau. The basement had suffered some severe water damage caused by the spring thaw.

"We're installing a water guard system along the perimeter of the foundation to allow the water to come through the walls. It will then go into our system and drain properly into the sump pump," explained Newhouse.

Experts say the warm temperatures have rapidly melted snow and ice. In some cases, there's nowhere for that snow to go.

"What's happening is the discharge lines are freezing up causing everything to back up and the pump is running and nothing is coming out," said Newhouse.

So what can you do to prevent that from happening to you?

"Making sure your grate is higher than your foundation and everything flows away," explained Newhouse. "Another thing is keeping the snow away from the foundation so when we do have melting it doesn't run down along the foundation wall."

But the best way, experts say, is to be proactive.

"Make sure you clear your gutters from leaves that could be left over from the fall," explained Weyers. "With this harsh winter, its good to make sure nothing is frozen in there as well."

Because this is just the beginning of a messy spring.

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