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How to prepare and monitor for water damage

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The short burst of warmer weather into Thursday comes with concerns, as homeowners prepare for the possibility of rising water.

"We've been having a lot of bad weather and you know everything runs off and I've been trying to go up and clean my gutters," Terry O'Hara says, of Weston Ave. 

Terry O'Hara says he's worried about his home, because ice remaining near the curb of his street partially blocks the water leaving his gutters.

"I'm getting water in my cellar, because the water won't go out to the street," he says.

Youngstown's street department tells 21 News it will try to send a plow out to push the leftover ice and slush away if there's time. This as the department's employees are now focused on patching and filling pot holes.

Experts say icicles are a good indication that your home could be prone to ice dams, which happens when ice backs up water in your gutters, forcing water to find its way into your house.

"It's going to be coming in through door jams, window jams, sometimes it will come out onto the ceiling areas," Paul Clouser says, president and owner of National Fire & Water Repair

Clouser says the best thing homeowners can do if water finds its way inside, is to limit the damage by poking holes in the ceiling to direct the water out.

To prepare for potential water damage and flooding, Clouser advises you check your sump pumps to make sure they're operating and create a plan to remove your personal items in the event of a flood. 

But most of all, you need to act fast, because addressing the problem quickly he says, will likely lead to less damage in the end.
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