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WAUSAU, Wisconsin (WAOW) – Freezing rain on Saturday followed by warmer weather could cause flooding in basements and wet spring weather could be a breeding ground for mold.

When preparing for a flood, experts advise if you haven’t already done so, clearing the snow around the edge of your home, especially if you’re at higher risk of flooding.

Freezing rain slowly melts, and since the ground is still frozen, the subsequent runoff flows to the lowest point of your home.

In your basement, move all valuables to a safe place in case of a flood.

“You want to make sure your sump pump is in good condition,” said Jay Cricks, co-owner of Northstar Restoration Services.

“You’ll also want to make sure you pick up these items off the floor if your basement is prone to flooding so you don’t do it in case your basement takes on water and you have a lot of contents floating around,” he added.

For anyone who has gutters, make sure they are in place to properly channel excess water away from your home.

To prevent mold, it thrives in environments with higher moisture levels.

The health effects of mold can vary from person to person, according to Sara Brown of the Marathon County Health Department. People exposed to mold can range from a runny nose to serious breathing problems.

If you find that you have mold in your home, one method of getting rid of it is to use basic items from your kitchen.

“If you see or smell mold, you should wipe it off with hot, soapy water. You want to keep it moist so the mold spores don’t get airborne,” Brown said, adding not to use bleach to get rid of mold as it just removes the stain. The source of moisture remains and the mold could eventually return.

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