Most people associate rain as the most common source of a leaky basement, yet melting snow during the “spring thaw” can also find its way into your basement causing leaks and even flood damage in some cases. Here are a few tips on how to prevent water damage from occurring in your basement and welcome the warm spring weather with open arms:
1) Avoid Piling Snow near Your Home —when the snow falls and it’s time to clear the driveway, avoid piling snow against your home. Snow piles are a torrent of water waiting to leak into your home.
2) Keep Your Gutters Clean to Drain Away Melting Snow from the Roof —make sure your gutters are guiding water safely away from your home. Don’t allow water to pool near your home’s foundation otherwise it will find a way into your basement. Melting snow water should drain at least 5 feet away from your house or be allowed to flow away from the house properly.
3) Winter Sump Pump Care —double-check that your sump pump hose does not have low spots for water to collect. The discharge should flow away from your home, freely. If the water collects and freezes, it will more than likely stop the sump from working or even cause permanent damage to the unit.
4) Call a Waterproofer! —if you ever start to have some serious water problems in your basement, like the sump pump always runs or moisture is always seen after a rain then call a waterproofer. These companies are trained to keep your basement dry.
Although there are many ways that you can help prevent water damage from occurring in your basement, in the unfortunate case that water does begin to leak its best practice to contact your local water removal and restoration service company and have a professional take care of it.
TIP: Be sure to contact your insurance provider as flood damage is generally not covered on standard home insurance.
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