How to protect your home after sudden weather changes

CREATED Jan 29, 2013

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WAUWATOSA - Sudden weather changes can mean concerns on the roads. But there could also be a threat in and around your home.

All this rain will likely turn into an ice rink in the next 24 hours. Road crews in Racine spent the day clearing debris from curbs. Public Works in Wauwatosa made sure all their pumps were working. But when the wet stuff works its way toward your home, what do you do? First thing, according to contractors -- don't panic.

"People shouldn't think that terrible things are going to happen, that the ground is going to heat and freeze and collapse their foundations," said David Pekel with Construction & Remodeling, Inc.

But you should get to work, because water can wreak havoc if you don't get it under control.

First, hold off on the ice melt until you actually see ice. Throw it down too early and you might as well throw your money down the drain.

"It's going to dilute," said Pekel. "It's going to wash away and it's not going to do any good at all."

You should move any standing water. Grab your snow shovel and shove it on the grass where it can soak in without causing a slippery mess. And if you have any gunk left in your gutters?

"Now is a great time to rush out there and clear that away so any liquid moisture can escape from the gutter and doesn't get bound up there,” said Pekel.

While we can't stop the weather roller coaster we've seen, we can brace for it and be ready for whatever it brings.

"It's not going to be like a comet hit the earth. It is still going to happen gradually," said Pekel. "Using common sense is simply the best practice in a case like this."