Spring flooding….

So we survived the coldest temperatures and snowiest months on record is spring flooding next? It can’t get worse than what we had right???? Well maybe we are over the worst part of winter, or maybe Spring will be as challenging or more challenging than winter for home owners. Depending on how the spring warms up will determine if we have spring flooding. A quick warm up and the snow will have no where to go and will sit next to the foundation possibly causing a wet basement wall.

Last fall as I sat looking out our window in the morning having coffee watching the squirrels work like crazy. I made the comment last fall about how much corn they were pulling from the field and storing away. We had never seen the squirrels pack away so much food before. And until the middle of January we thought they were a little crazy. Now I look back and realize they knew more about the winter ahead than most people.

So the cold temperatures may be behind us, and maybe the bulk of the snow may have fallen but where will the snow go? How much frost is in the ground? For home owners about to sell their home or even home owners who bought their home recently you may want to read below for some tips from the experts about how to help prevent water in your basement in the spring.

  • Shovel snow away from your home, keeping it away from your foundation. Whenever possible, keep snow 5 feet away from your foundation.
  • If your home is on a grade or hill, shovel snow so that it doesn’t roll toward your home when it melts. This ensures melting snow flows away from your home, instead of towards it.
  • Clear snow from your roof to prevent excessive buildups. This prevents a significant amount of water flowing through your gutters during a thaw.
  • Keep drainage areas around your home clear of snow and ice build up. This ensures melting snow will drain properly and helps prevent backups.
  • Inspect basement walls for cracks. This includes caulking around windows too. Make repairs as necessary to prevent water from entering your basement.
  • Test your sump pump during the winter to ensure it works properly when the snow melts. Pour a bucket of water into the sump basin to engage the pump. If it doesn’t turn on, unplug the pump and investigate the issue.
  • Never ignore water in your basement. Investigate and repair the source as soon as possible.
  • If you have water in your basement or a flood from melting snow, dry and clean the area as quickly as possible.

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