Water Damage Caused By Melting Snow
They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. I’m not sure where that happens, but here in Ohio we’re looking at six inches of snow this weekend. That said, Monday’s temps are currently forecasted well above freezing so that snow will melt quickly. Fast melting snow is becoming a big water damage issue this year. Sometimes it takes its time and melts over several weeks, but this year with the weather seesawing between super cold and warm (I use the term “warm” loosely…40 feels warm to me at this point!), snow is melting quickly and causing problems for some of our customers.
Most times flooding and flooded basements are caused by melting snow are the result of faulty gutters, cracks in foundations, and improper runoff. Check gutters regularly to make sure they aren’t blocked and that they are attached appropriately. Foundation cracks should be repaired as needed, but things like reconstructing your yard’s runoff usually need to be put on hold until warmer weather since most of the ground is still pretty frozen.
Your best protection in these cases is a sump pump with an alarm. A sump pump will help push water away from your home, and the alarm will notify you that there’s a flooding issue before water damage becomes more than you can handle. If you’re not able to fix the issue yourself, you can at least save your belongings while help is on the way.
If flooding and water damage is due to cracks in the foundation of your home, it is important to get it cleaned up and repaired quickly to avoid structural damage to your home. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be there within an hour to start basement water extraction. Once the water is clear, we can start the drying process so you can contact a waterproofing company in to fix any foundation issues.