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How to Avoid Snow Storm Damages

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

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Typically, you don’t think of floods or basement water damages in the middle of winter. SERVPRO is here to let you know they do exist and happen more than you think. After snow storms with large accumulating amounts of snow, when the snow melts flooding will occur after quick changes in temperature. The temperature change can cause snow to melt and could potentially flood your basement. Basement flooding during the winter is mostly caused by melting snow entering the home because of faulty gutters, cracks in foundations, and improper or blocked runoff. 

To illustrate this, ten inches of snow can melt into one inch of water and it is already in and soil. The heavier the snowfall, the more snowmelt. A quick temperature change can cause a significant amount of water on the soil around your home. If the water cannot flow away from your home’s foundation, it can ultimately enter your home and cause water damages or secondary mold damages if left untreated. 

Snowmelt flooding can damage the floors, walls, furniture and personal items in your basement. It also introduces moisture and water in your basement which could lead to secondary mold damages. 

Snowmelt Safety Tips: 

  • Shovel snow away from your home when safe to do so. 
  • Keep snow and ice buildup off and away from drainage areas. 
  • Inspect basement walls for cracks. 
  • Check your roof for ice and snow buildup.
    • Clear snow from your roof to prevent buildups if it accumulates.
    • This could also help you avoid ice dams.  
  • Inspect your gutters and downspouts. 

For any of your water damage or storm damage needs, SERVPRO is here to help 24/7/365! 

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