When snow begins to melt, it can provide people with a sense of comfort and relief after a long, cold winter season. Snow, albeit sometimes appealing in appearance, can present hazardous situations. It makes surfaces slippery, making driving and even walking more dangerous. Knowing that spring is approaching is nice, but the melting snow can still cause its own problems.
For example, when snow is melting, it can lead to snowmelt flooding in your home or business. While you initially may feel good about the sight of melting snow, that feeling will likely fade if that snowmelt floods your basement. This is a situation that no property owner wants to deal with, but you can prevent snowmelt flooding if you take the necessary precautions.
Continue reading to learn how to prevent indoor flooding from melting snow and how to respond if you do have snowmelt flooding in your property.
1. Clear Out Gutters and Drainage Areas
If your home’s gutters are clogged with debris and other contents, then melted snow and ice will be unable to run through them. Instead of the water being directed away from your home, the water will accumulate in the gutter and spill over the side. Then, the water remains near the building and can easily make its way into your home.
That said, make sure your home’s gutters and downspouts are clear of debris and blockages, but be safe when doing so. Snow and ice, even if it is melting, make for slippery surfaces, so it may not be a good idea to get up onto a ladder to work on your gutters. As an alternative, invest in a gutter wand. This tool will allow you to dislodge and remove debris from your gutters with your feet planted firmly on the ground.
2. Inspect Your Property’s Exterior for Cracks and Openings
Any cracks and openings in your home’s exterior can act as an entryway for melting snow to enter your home and lead to flooding. Take a lap or two around your home, carefully inspecting the foundation for cracks and other openings. Pay attention to doors, windows, and basement window wells, too. These areas are also prone to openings that give water access to the inside of your home.
If you do find any cracks, get them repaired as soon as possible to prevent them from creating further problems, such as leaks and snowmelt flooding.
3. Move Snow Away from Your Property
Before snow has a chance to melt, consider using your time to move the snow farther away from your home. This will lessen the amount of melting snow that is near your home once temperatures increase.
Additionally, if a large amount of snow accumulates on your roof, remove some from it. This will limit the amount of snow that melts and runs down the roof and into the gutter. It will also lessen the weight of snow on the roof, which will decrease the chances of snow causing the roof to cave in. You can do this safely by using a roof rake. After clearing some snow from the roof, take time to also move the snow farther away from the building.
What to Do If Melting Snow Floods Your Home
Any case of water damage, including snowmelt flooding, is considered an emergency. So, the situation needs to be addressed in a prompt manner.
Porous building materials and furnishings will absorb the standing water and suffer damage. But the longer standing water remains in a property, the more harm it will cause. Additionally, the water’s presence will create the ideal conditions for mold growth. If mold colonies do begin to grow, the fungus will cause damage of its own.
Knowing this, do not wait to address the flooding, and reach out to a professional for flood restoration help as soon as possible.
Water Damage Restoration Services
If snowmelt flooding has affected your home or business, then get in touch with our professionals for water damage restoration services.
At ServiceMaster, we offer professional water restoration services to help homes and businesses that have suffered damage by water. Our IICRC-certified technicians are trained and equipped to help with your flood emergency. We will contain the water to prevent it from causing further harm, extract the excess water and moisture, and thoroughly dry the affected areas. Our water restoration professionals then make repairs and conduct restoration.
If mold has grown in response to the flooding, we can also provide mold removal services.
If you are in need of emergency flood restoration services in Southeast and South Central Nebraska, contact ServiceMaster for help from our professional water damage restoration services.
We can be reached at one of the phone numbers listed above, where we are available on a 24/7 basis.