How to prepare your home for this week’s big snow melt – WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Winter weather is making homeowners worry. As soon as the Minnesotans finish digging, Mother Nature could throw another curveball, with temperatures expected to soar into the 40s or 50s by midweek.

“We were more worried when our yard became sloppy and muddy. With the dog, it was like a mess,” said Allie Cavanaugh, a Minneapolis resident.

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Rapid melting can also affect your home.

“Flooding is always a concern, but we still think it’s minimal, but we know that a return to freezing is inevitable, when it goes from 50 [degrees] from one day to the next 20 days,” said Jess Miller, VP of Hardware Sales at Settergren.

There are several things homeowners can do to prevent snow from melting inside, he said.

“Have a bucket defrost ready to clear the aisles, have a sump pump ready if you need it. Make sure if you have one installed in your home, it’s ready to go and serviced,” says Miller.

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It’s also a good idea to remove snow a few feet from your home, experts say, that way if the snow melts, water won’t get in.

“Especially where the faucets go down because we know the water will flood that way, and then clean up the downspouts if we can. Make sure there isn’t a build-up blocking the water and get it back into the house,” says Miller.

Brian Carter, a Minneapolis resident, said he’s not worried about flooding because his home is on the hill. He was more worried about an unwanted ice rink on his front step, so he opted for a roof rake.

“It’s good and bad, isn’t it? Because it’s going to have a lot of snow, but then if it freezes, it’s going to be like ice skating,” Carter said.

Because of supply chain issues, Miller says you should be proactive when it comes to your home.

“If you have water there and you’re on the go, it’s better to have what you need to go. And if you don’t need them, fine. If you do, it’s great that you have them.”

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Settergren’s Hardware also recommends insulating your pipes to prevent them from freezing. How to prepare your home for this week’s big snow melt – WCCO


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