Tips for preventing water damage caused by melting snow

Tips for preventing water damage caused by melting snow

This year has already produced several major snow events. These big snowfalls are inconvenient and even dangerous, but melting snow can be equally troublesome. Rapid snow melt can produce torrents of water that may seep into the basement or leak through the roof.

With a quick thaw in the forecast following this week’s highly anticipated snowfall, Barrie homeowners may be facing the risk of water damage from thick slush and quickly melting snow and ice.

Follow these tips to avoid water damage and expensive repairs:

- Remove snow from areas where it could melt and enter your home.  Shovel snow away from your home, especially basement windows.  Also consider clearing decks, patios, and driveways that slope toward the house.

- Clean snow and debris from ground drains and gutters. Make sure drains near your home, typically around the driveway, as well as gutters a clear of leaves and debris.  Ice and compact snow can create dams that keep water from draining.

- Consider where snow will go when it melts. The combination of melting snow plus rain can create extreme runoff conditions.  When shoveling snow on your property, think about which direction it will drain when it melts.  You may want to dig channels to divert water to the nearest drain.

- Do not get on a ladder and do not attempt to climb onto your roof to remove snow. If you see the snow melting and dropping off the edge of your roof, that’s a good sign.  It indicates ice dams are probably not developing.   In extreme circumstances, if ice dams need to be removed from your gutters, call a professional specializing in this service.

Your home is probably the biggest purchase you will ever make and it’s in your best interest to make sure you protect it and maintain the value of the home.

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