With heavy rains and snowfall in the forecast this week the conditions for flooding will put many homes at risk. Melting snow and heavy rains could spell financial disaster for your home if you aren’t prepared. The following tips will help you avoid flooding and keep your bank account afloat.
Most people think heavy rains are the only danger to filling their basement with water, but overlooking end of winter snow melts coupled with early spring showers could threaten your home. On average, flooded basements can cost $10,000 or more to repair depending on damage, but finding issues at their onset can save you money and keep you dry.
1. Remove Snow from Your Foundation
If your home has window wells, you will want to keep these areas free from snow, ice, and any leaves or other debris to allow for proper drainage. When snow in these areas begins to melt, it will seep into your home and cause damage. Removing snow from around your home will keep water from running in once the snow starts to melt.
2. Clean Your Gutters
Ensuring that your home’s gutters are clean and free from clogs will allow water to flow out and away from your foundation, rather than pool around your home. The less water around your basement and the foundation, the less likely it will find a way to seep in. It also keeps excess snow from pilling up, which will prevent a larger flow of water once a warm up hits.
3. Guard Your Pipes From Freezing
When water freezes, it expands which causes increased stress on your pipes. A single pipe with a small crack can leak up to 250 gallons of water in a day, which not only costs you more on your water bill, but can cause flooding and other structural damage, as well as an ideal area for mold growth. The best way to keep your pipes from freezing is to follow proper winterizing techniques and assure there is no cold air leaking through to your pipes. Insulating your piping will help keep you from costly repairs for years to come.
If you notice that after every rainfall or warm up, you have moisture in your basement, it may be time to consider waterproofing. This investment will keep your home from future problems and protect against mold growth, which can cause a number of health issues along with a costly clean up. There are a variety of waterproofing methods from professional services to DIY sprays depending on the size of the problem area and complexity.
Remember, flooding is often not covered by your homeowners insurance and can add up to an expense in the case of structural damage and mold or mildew removal. The best way to protect your biggest investment is to ensure you are covered. If you are in an area prone to flooding or wet weather, it may be a good idea to consider flood insurance. You can call our knowledgeable insurance pros with any inquiries or questions and receive a free quote for coverage at 724-929-2300.