Posted Tuesday, February 18, 2014 --- 10:35 p.m.
The sun is shining, and the snow is melting.
Many of us are happy; we've been battling bitter cold temperatures and inches on inches of snow for a long time.
Just yesterday, we reported on snow plow budgeting and massive amounts of snow in Madison.
Today, the tables have turned.
"It's a very busy time of year for us," says Randy Schmidt, who is the General Manager of Capital Remediation.
When the snow melts, it finds a place to go. Many times, that place is your home.
"A lot of people are experiencing water damage that they really weren't ready for," Schmidt says.
Water damage from melting snow is an expensive and dangerous side effect of warmer temperatures.
It can ruin basements and furniture, and cause some major mold growth if small amounts go undetected.
"The biggest thing is to keep that ground water away from your house," Schmidt added.
If you're wondering how to do that -- well, Schmidt explained it's really quite simple. "Pick up a shovel," he said.
If you don't, it could be an expensive deal. Repair and removal costs, according to Capital Remediation pricing, can be thousands of dollars.
The easiest way to prevent damage is to check on your basement regularly, ideally once every day during this time of the year.