March 28, 2019 | Barb Huntley
The melting of snow, the longer days, and the chirping birds are all signs spring is arriving. We're not sure how you feel, but we are ready for our grass to grow back green and for the shoveling season to be over. But, before you enjoy the spring weather, you must prepare for the melting snow so it doesn’t create havoc in your house or yard.
Water damage from melting snow can happen in one of three ways: clogged gutters, cracks in a home’s foundation and improper runoff.  So, the most important thing you can do when the snow starts to melt is to make sure your gutters are clear, your foundation is crack free, and runoff is draining correctly.

Clogged Gutters – Debris and snow that is built up in the gutters will cause them to be clogged. Clogged gutters cause overflowing water and runoff from the roof. On top of unclogging your gutters, you should shovel snow off of your roof, so it doesn’t flood your gutters on the next warm day.
Foundation Cracks – Shovel all snow at least 5 feet from the foundation of your house. This will give your home extra protection if you do have unnoticed cracks in the foundation. If you need to, add additional soil around the foundation of your house to protect from water pooling around the base. Inspect the foundation for cracks. These can be fixed with cement or caulk to prevent future damage.
Improper Runoff – If your home is on the hill make sure you shovel snow away from your home so when it melts, it melts away from the direction of your home. Worst case scenario when you have a large pool of water, you can rent a water pump and redirect water towards gutters and drains.
Flooding from melting snow can cause water damage to a home’s interior, including furniture, warped wood, mold, and electrical issues. Make sure you keep an eye on the melting snow this spring! 


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