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Minimize Damage from Melting Snow

Water Damage
Author: ServiceMaster Restore

You may be ready for the warm weather to arrive, but is your home or office prepared? As snow and ice around a building turn to water when temperatures rise, significant damage could result from poor planning or inadequate drainage. Completing a few simple tasks around your home or business before the new season starts can save you from costly damages caused by snowmelt runoff in the long term. Follow these tips from the experts at ServiceMaster Restore® to minimize water damage from melting snow, and spend your time enjoying the spring weather instead of dealing with floods and expensive repairs.

1. Clear Your Roof, Gutters and Downspouts

The purpose of a gutter system is to carry excess water away from your home or business. This system can't work properly if the gutters are clogged by ice or debris. Use snow melt tabs to break down snow and ice stuck in the gutters. Then, remove debris like dead leaves, twigs, dirt, mud and larger chunks of ice. If you're concerned about large amounts of water from snowmelt runoff or spring rainstorms pooling close to your property, attach a sloped leader to your downspouts. These extensions will carry the water farther away from the structure, minimizing the risk water damage from melting snow or rain.

2. Seal Cracks in Your Foundation, Doors and Windows

Think of your property as a fortress. Your arch-nemesis – snowmelt – is heating up its advance, and you must fortify your building so it can't be penetrated by sneaky leaks. Secure your entrances and exits. Arm your doors with sturdy weatherstripping, and prepare your windows by replacing worn or old seals. Patrol the perimeter of your property, and caulk any gaps or cracks you see in the foundation. With these protective measures, snowmelt will have a much harder time wreaking havoc.

3. Test and Maintain Your Sump Pump and Pit

Sump pits hold groundwater that collects under buildings during heavy rains, rapid snowmelt, sewage backups and even normal weather conditions. A sump pump, typically located in the basement, moves accumulated water from the pit through a discharge pipe where it can drain safely away from the home. Ideally, this device should prevent flooding and water damage to your basement or foundation, but you have to perform regular, seasonal maintenance tests to make sure it's working properly. Clear out any dirt and debris, and pour water into the pit to test the pump's functionality. Watch the water exit the discharge pipe, and check that it drains properly away from your home or office.

If you discover water damage from melting snow this spring, identify the source and take steps to seal any leaks. Prevent the water damage from getting worse and avoid the spread of mold by calling the experts at ServiceMaster Restore as soon as you notice a problem. Our teams are available 24/7/365 to ensure you get the service you need as soon as you need it so you can get back to enjoying the beautiful weather.