After a long, gray winter, the bright blue skies of spring are a welcome sight! While we may be thrilled with the rising temperatures, they can lead to large amounts of melting snow and ice in a short amount of time, leading to excess flood waters! Add in the typical spring rains, and it’s the perfect recipe for home water damage.
How to Prevent Floods in the Springtime
As spring brings in the new flowers and warm weather, it’s important to prepare your home against the potential flood waters! Use the following tips to keep your house nice and dry.
- Move any excess snow. Snow that has piled and compacted against your home can easily melt and make its way directly into your basement. Start by clearing away the snow from your foundation and move it at least 5 feet away from your home – leaving plenty of room for it to safely melt.
- Check on gutters and downspouts. Once winter passes and snow starts to melt, gutters and downspouts are the perfect catchall for dirt, debris, leaves, sticks, etc. and these can cause major blockages that will keep water from flowing freely off of your roof. Clear out your gutters to prevent water from leaking through your ceilings and, if necessary add an extension to your downspout to be certain water is draining far enough away from your home.
- Inspect your basement foundation. Moisture and water will easily find the cracks in your foundation and start seeping inside as quickly as possible. Inspect your foundation for any weak spots and use a concrete patch to seal up the areas
- Check your landscaping. This step depends on the cooperation of the weather, but if it is nice enough, check the grade of your landscape. Ensure that the land surrounding your home is conducive for water to drain away from your foundation, and regrade if you find it to be the opposite.
- Cover window wells. Covering your window wells will keep away melting snow and ice, and will let natural light into your basement! Two great uses with one product!
- Install a sump pump. If your home is not already protected by a sump pump, now may be the best time to install one. A sump pump will keep water away from your home, and will do so automatically without you having to worry about a thing. If you don’t want to install a permanent sump pump, you can look into a portable pump for the springtime.
- Have your home professionally inspected. If you are unsure if your home is safe against springtime flooding, you can bring in the expertise of a professional to inspect your home in depth. This person is trained to see weak spots in your home that could easily turn into water damage from a flood!
Even with all these steps as preparation, sometimes floods do happen, and your home may suffer from water damage. If you do experience a flooding, wet/vacs, generators, and fans are great tools to have on hand to begin the clean up process. For more information on water damage restoration, McMahon Services is here to help. Contact us today.