20 Feb Prepare for the Spring Thaw
Now that we are deep into February, do we even remember what that groundhog said back at the beginning of the month? Was spring supposed to be right around the corner or were we supposed to have six more weeks of winter? Either way, now is the best time to start preparing for the big thaw that will start occurring once temperatures continually start to rise.
When snow and frozen ground start warming up, there will be an overabundance of water that will need someplace to go – hopefully not in your basement. Keeping your home safe from water runoff is important. Here are some tricks to protect you and your home from excessive water damage:
- Take a walk around your home’s perimeter and make sure all window or vents are closed around the basement or crawl space. Also check for cracks or holes in the foundation.
- Give us a call to find out whether or not you have coverage for flooding if it were to occur. In most cases, standard homeowner’s insurance does not cover water damage due to seepage. You may need to purchase a flood insurance policy if you are worried about water damage.
- Check your gutters and drain spouts to make sure they are free of debris. When gutters or drain pipes are clogged, water can flow freely down right next to your home. All that extra water can then seep into your basement. Clear gutters and drain pipes will whisk water away from the house.
- Move any remaining snow or ice away from your home. If you have snow drifts that have packed themselves near your house, shovel them as far away as possible.
- When spring comes, plant some trees or shrubs that could help sop up some of that standing water.