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As spring approaches, tidy up your house by clearing out the basement

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Thankfully, winter is finally about to come to a close. It's been a long one for many in the Mid Atlantic, as freak snow storms and a slew of damaging tropical depressions - not to mention Hurricane Sandy - left thousands of residents with major property damage. While conditions may have been less than ideal during the colder months to undertake extensive home repairs, the time has finally come to start your spring cleaning projects. The first place to begin tidying up should be your basement, as this space is likely to have taken quite the beating over the past few months, especially if you live in an area prone to flooding.

Many people load up their basements with a bevy of items during the winter months that would normally have a home outside when the weather is more pleasant. From lawn furniture to gardening gear, these items spend the winter in dark, moist basements, sometimes hiding secret messes that worsen over several months.

Begin by emptying your basement completely so that there aren't any hidden puddles or mold spores. Wearing an air mask, do your best to dry your basement out using a dehumidifier and plenty of towels if necessary.

Since March and April are historically wet months, look into Arlington sump pump repair before any additional flooding comes about. John C. Flood has more than 100 years of experience serving Virginia residents and helping keep basements dry.

If you don't have a sump pump in your basement, investing in one now will save you a lot of money down the road, preventing major property damage when basements get wet.