A warm day after heavy snowfall might be comfortable, but it can lead to flooding that can damage your home and belongings.

Before you end up with a basement that feels like a pond, look up at your home's gutters. Many winter floods result from .

Even if your home's gutters work effectively, you'll need to ensure that they deposit water far away from your home's foundation. Extend your downspouts before a melt occurs. While it might be cold to work outside, you'll be rewarded with a dry home.

Stay tuned for more tips on how to prevent winter floods, and consider a home inspection if you're unsure whether your house is ready for snowmelt.