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Don't Wait Til Spring to Plug Up Those Drips and Leaks

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

 Last year brought Vermont the worst flooding since 1927, turning communities across Vermont into islands. Remember all the rain? The wet basements? The water damage?

This year, before "April showers bring May flowers," use the cold, wet weather of winter to find places where your home may be leaking water and heat. This is your chance to seal up tight in advance of light or heavy seasonal flooding -- and develop a wish list for energy-saving improvements.

Your first order of business should be to make sure no water is getting in.

Carefully check every spot where condensation or water could enter your living areas and storage spaces. Scrutinize ceilings, under the roof, under the eaves, and along window and door frames and ventilation seals. Make a list of trouble areas that need repair, and decide in each case whether you can fix it or it's time to call in a professional.

Don't forget about potential water damage near toilets, sinks, tubs, and showers. Use a flashlight to check the crawl space or basement walls and floors and the underside of the first-story floor. Look for visible moisture and stains caused by moisture. When you find something, the remedy will depend on the source of the leak. You may just need to re-caulk around a tub or window, or you may need to call a plumber to replace a leaking fixture.

Put securing your home for a wet spring on your Honey, Do List!

Underwater Vermont: Floods Continue to Break Records

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Perkins Pier, Burlington, VT

Entering its ninth day of record water level, Lake Champlain -- and most of Vermont -- hasn't seen this much water since 1869, back when Andrew Johnson was president.

The lake is at 103.1 feet and rising.

All this rain and flooding has put over 500 homes under water -- and made a mess out of a lot of otherwise dry basements. Many people in the state are dealing with property damage, as they scurry to keep up with Wet Vacs and mops.

Yesterday, Governor Shumlin declared a state of emergency for flooded areas around the lake, including many lakefront homes. This declaration allows Vermont to call on neighboring states and federal agencies for help with emergency equipment.

On the Burlington waterfront, flood waters made a swimming pool of Perkins Pier. Some shoreline buildings were completely surrounded by lake water. Parts of the Burlington Bike Path were under water -- posing a risk for the 2011 Vermont City Marathon, scheduled for May 29, 2011.

Luckily, they're recovering in Underhill and Cambridge, where the Brown's River has come back down.

Said Nancy Jenkins of the flooding, "A little too much water, but we have wonderful people who will rise above it."

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South Burlington VT 05403
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