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Preparing for your basement for the heavy rain


Flooding issues seem to be the concern with the heavy rain entering Connecticut. News 8’s Brian Spyros will give you advice on how you can prepare if the rain enters your home.

Many of us are having family and friends over in just a few days for Christmas Eve and Christmas day. 

The last thing we want to be dealing with is a flooded basement. So big piece of advice, if you have a sump pump in your basement, make sure it’s plugged in. It can make all the difference.

Also, make sure there are no leaves and debris blocking the down spouts outside your home. 

That could redirect water towards your foundation, which is the last thing your want because water can get in just about anywhere. 

If you do get water in your basement, you want to get rid of it as quickly as possible. Either using a shop vac or having it pumped out depending on how much water is down there. 

You’ll then want to use fans or a dehumidifer to help dry out everything so you don’t have to deal with mold or mildew. If your basement is finished, carpet and sheet rock may have to come out as well. 

If your basement is prone to flooding you may want to go downstairs this morning before you head to work to make sure anything valuable or important is up off the ground.  

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