With the winter season coming upon us, many of us will start seeing more and more snow showing up on our lawns and frosting our homes and cars. Snow is often a welcomed surprise especially after a dry year. But if your house is not properly prepared, snow can cause serious problems. Snowmelt can cause flooding or leaks in your basement, packed snow can cause roof sagging, or ice on your driveway can create a dangerous walkway. It is important to take precautions to protect your home from snow damage, but if things happen and your basement is flooded by snowmelt, there are actions you can take to get your basement back.
How Snowmelt Can Cause Flooding
Although most of us would think that rain causes the most devastating flood damage, snowmelt can cause just as much if not more damage. And what’s worse, is that snowmelt can happen at different times during the year because weather patterns are becoming increasingly more unpredictable. If the snow comes down and melts away quickly, then the ground will not be able to absorb the water fast enough. If this happens, then the water could go down into the foundation and cause water damage or flooding. Especially if there is over a foot of snow, the snowmelt can cause flooding. Snowmelt getting into your house can also cause other problems such as water damage and molding.
How To Prevent Flooding
One of the best ways to prevent flooding from snowmelt is to keep the snow away from the foundation. Regularly shovel around your house near the foundation and around the downspouts of your gutter. Remove snow from your roof in order to avoid it becoming too heavy on the roof as well as causing potential flooding or water damage.
It could also be useful to keep up on checking out your gutters and downspouts for ice and other blockages. This helps you avoid getting ice dams and icicles, which can cause water damage. Also, another tool for preventing snowmelt flooding is to make sure that your basement and all ceilings and walls do not have any cracks on the exterior or interior. If you notice a crack, fill it as soon as possible.
What To Do If Flooding Occurs
Clean and dry up any water that gets into your house. If there is a lot of water or damage, consider calling restoration professionals to get your floors and walls back to normal. Do not let water just sit in your house. Be sure to always find the source of any water in your house and block it if possible. Then get it fixed as soon as you can. If there is a lot of water, use buckets to get the water out of the house. Use towels or other absorbent materials to soak up as much water as possible. Remove materials that are damaged by the water including drywall and carpet.
Once you have removed as much water and damaged materials as possible, get fans or other drying equipment to start drying the area. It will take time to dry. The next step is to disinfect the rooms affected by the water. This is important because mold or bacteria can grow, which can be hazardous to you and your family. Cleaning procedures often include using chemicals and deodorizers. Hiring a cleaning crew may be advisable in this situation.
Do You Need Home Restoration Services?
If you have been in a situation in which snowmelt caused flooding in your home, you may be in need of home restoration services. We have flood restoration specialists who have experience helping people in their times of need. Not only do we have restoration services available to you here at Sawyer, but we have carpet cleaning and construction services. We are also happy to answer any questions you may have about how snowmelt can cause flooding or other problems with your home. For more information, contact us today.