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How to Minimize Water Damage from Snow and Ice

December 30, 2019

Winter is officially here, and you might be ready for the warmer weather to arrive. But have you ever considered if your home or office is prepared for the harsh conditions? As snow and ice around a building turns into water once the temperatures rise, significant damage could result from any poor planning or inadequate drainage. Completing a couple of simple tasks around your home or business before the new season begins can save you from costly damages from snowmelt runoff in the long term. Follow these helpful tips from the experts at Hydro Clean Certified Restorations to minimize water damage from any melting snow, and spend your time enjoying the spring weather instead of dealing with repairs.

Clear Off Your Roof, Downspouts, and Gutters

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As snow and ice around a building turns into water once the temperatures rise, significant damage could result.

The purpose of your gutter system is to carry any excess water away from your home or business. This system will not work correctly if your gutters are clogged up by debris or ice. Use snowmelt tabs to break down any snow and ice that is stuck in the gutters. Then, remove debris like dead leaves, twigs, mud, dirt, and larger chunks of ice. If you’re worried about large amounts of water damage from snowmelt runoff or rainstorms pooling close to your building, attach a sloped leader to your downspouts. This will carry the water farther down from the structure, reducing the risk of water damage.

Seal Cracks in Your Foundations, Windows, and Doors

Think of your property as a castle. Your number one enemy – snowmelt – is heating its advance, and you must fortify your building so any sneaky leaks can’t penetrate it. Secure your exits and entrances. Arm any doors with sturdy weather-stripping, and prepare your windows by replacing any old or worn seals. Patrol the perimeter of your property, and block any cracks you see in its foundation. With these protective measures in place, snowmelt will have a harder time wreaking havoc onto your property.

Test and Maintain Your Pit and Sump Pump

Sump pits hold groundwater that accumulates under buildings during any heavy rains, rapid snowmelt, sewage backups, and normal weather conditions as well. A sump pump, which is in the basement, moves accumulated water from the put through a discharge pipe where it can safely drain away any water from your home.

The experts at Hydro Clean can provide you with all aspects of restoration, which includes water damage cleanup, water removal, flood cleanup, and flood damage repair!

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