Prepare for the spring thaw

The sun is shining and spring is in the air.  Everyone loves spring but it can cause problems for your home if you don’t properly prepare.  The spring thaw is potentially one of the most dangerous times of the year for your home and the risk of flooding.

Here are 7 tips to protect the quality of your home during the spring thaw:

 

  • Remove or relocate snow. Use a shovel or snow blower to move the snow at least 6 feet away from the foundation of the house to an area that will not flow back towards the house as it melts.
  • Clear your roof.  If possible, shovel the snow off your roof to avoid a large amount of runoff into the eaves.
  • Inspect the property. Check to see if driveways, sidewalks, decks, around your basement, and patios have the appropriate grading to direct water away from your home.
  • Check your eaves and downspouts. Ensure they are not clogged and that they extend away from your foundation to allow the water to drain away from your home and out toward the backyard or the street.
  • Check that your sump pump is correctly working. A functioning sump pump can prevent flooding in your home so be sure to check that it is in working order. You can also add a battery back up if electricity outages are of concern in your area.
  • Consider installing backflow valves. In the event of a main sewer backup, backflow valves will automatically close to prevent water and sewage from entering your home. Backflow valves are to be installed on your basement sewer connections such as drains and toilets and are a good preventative measure.
  • Check your basement for water damage. All problems are better discovered sooner than later. Inspect your basement for any signs of water damage, particularly around the windows.  Water stains or peeling or bubbling paint are obvious signs that water has seeped in.

Prevention is the key, so take the time to prevent problems before they start.

 

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