Tips & Tricks for Thawing Out Your Home
As spring approaches, many of you cannot wait for the warmer weather. Warmer weather means no more snow, no more ice, and more sunshine! It is important to remember that all of that snow and ice that once plagued your home has to go somewhere.
Here at SERVPRO® of Boone and Clinton Counties we want to ensure that you can enjoy everything about spring without worrying about your home. Here are some tips and tricks you can take to prepare your home for melting snow and ice.
Step 1: Clear any remaining ice and snow away from your home
Remove any snow up against the side of your home or covering drains, when this melts it will seep into the ground and around your foundation.
A good way to ensure that meltwater is not seeping around your foundation is to shovel snow out of the way at least a foot around your home.
Step 2: Make sure your gutters and downspouts are free of debris
All of the melting snow on your roof has to go somewhere. Your downspouts should be positioned to lead to a drainage system.
Make sure to clean out any debris or dirt and dispose of it. This will help your downspouts to work properly, and prevent ice dams from forming if the temperature drops again.
Step 3: Check that your sump pump is in good working order
After the thaw water levels can be high, your sump pump will lead the water away from your basement. This will prevent flooding in the basement of your home.
If you are unsure of how to check your sump pump you can refer to the manufacturer's manual for tips.
Step 4: Walk around your yard and familiarize yourself with the grading
The grading in your home is important because without proper grading it can lead to flooding, water damage in your home and foundation, standing water, dead landscaping, and structural damage.
The grade or grading around your house is essentially the level of the ground. The way that your ground is graded will guide water and keep it from flowing towards your home.
Step 5: Look for signs of water damage and call the experts right away.
The sooner you spot a leak or water damage in your home, the faster our experts at SERVPRO® of Boone and Clinton Counties can help stop damages and work on restoring your home. You can start by checking your basement and crawlspace for any water.
SERVPRO® of Boone and Clinton Counties is a highly experienced team with expertise in water damage and restoration. Here at SERVPRO® we have the skills and tools to restore your home. Call SERVPRO® of Boone and Clinton Counties today at (765) -659-9600