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Central Ohio Homeowners Preparing for Big Snowmelt

COLUMBUS (Terri Sullivan/Ken Hines) -- With forecasters predicting a great melt-down this week in central Ohio, residents are scrambling to make sure their homes don't end up underwater.

Rising temperatures should result in a lot of excess water in the area, which has been pummeled by snow and ice this winter.

Rob Kraus, a manager at Zettler Hardware in Northwest Columbus, is among the central Ohioans making preparations for the coming melt.

"I spent my day off chipping ice to get my sump pump drain cleared out at the curb," Kraus said.

Kraus advises residents to test their sump pumps with buckets of water to make sure they can handle the extra work.

"As your water level comes up, the float is going to float with the water," Kraus said. "As it comes up, it activates the switch to the point of where it charges, and that activates your motor to discharge the water out."

Kraus also recommends that people clear snow away from drainpipes near streets in order to give water somewhere a path.
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