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Warm temperatures, snow melting and rain on the way. It could create problems for the QCA. All of the snow and ice has got to go somewhere... and it could be into your home.

Some people are already experiencing flooding in their homes and basements, but there are a few tips that could save you thousands of dollars. 

A simple sump pump test could be the answer. Homeowners could deal with flooding in their homes in the next few days, worth thousands of dollars in damage.

"Average out of pocket costs after insurance and this is a national average is about $5,000 bucks maybe more," said Tom Asfmann of Total Maintenance Inc.

And it all could have been prevented. Dumping water in your sump pump once the weather starts to warm up is a good test. 

Use a hose or pour buckets of water into the pit to see if the pump does it's job. You'll know right away when it does because the water levels will start to go down.

"Well rather than being reactive to a sump pump problem you want to be proactive," said Asfmann. "You want to be certain your pump is working. Your check valve is working and that your discharge line is not frozen, because it could very well be frozen on the outside of the house."

Asfmann said to either detach the sump pump line outside or attach a shorter hose from your sump pump's discharge line outside your home, because the line may have frozen solid over the winter leaving the water being pumped out no where to go but back inside your house.

But sometimes, it's just too late.

"Typically they only realize that until the water has filled up their complete line and then coming up through the floor," said Casey Keller from K&K True Value Hardware. "So just being extra careful and doing your do diligence of checking your sump pump the next couple of days."

Keller said people without sump pumps should keep an eye on low spots in their basements and have a Shop-Vac handy, just in case.

"If you have any large piles of snow along your foundation, just as this is happening just try to move those off the foundation so that the snow is going to go somewhere besides inside the basement," said Keller.

Keller also said to make sure your gutters and down spouts aren't being blocked by ice or snow. He said if you can get up safely to your roof you can even pour rock salt on your gutters to help melt the ice.