The Spring Melt - Are You Prepared?

Posted by Joyce Tourney on Friday, March 15th, 2019 at 3:13pm.

The warmer temperatures have finally arrived and the snow is starting to melt.  We are all prepared for the warmer weather, but is your house?

Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind as the snow begins to melt and to ensure that your house stays dry.

The Roof

With the extended period of cold temperatures the snow has stayed packed on our roofs.  What you want to do is rake as much snow off the roof as possible.  Only go on your roof if it safe to do so.  We recommend that you hire a snow removal company to remove the snow for you.

Soffit and Eaves

Check the soffits to make sure there is no debris that could stop the flow of water and also check for signs of ice damming.
Make sure that your downspouts are down and extended well away from the house.  You don’t want any of the water to flow back into the foundation.  SGI recommends extending the downspouts at least 2 meters away from the house.

Foundation

You will want to shovel the snow away from the foundation and out of any window wells.  Check the grading around the foundation to ensure that everything slopes away from the foundation.  Check the basement walls and look for any signs of moisture or leaks throughout the melting season.

Sump Pump and Back Flow Valve

It is important to make sure that your sump pump, if you have one, is in good working order.  First, make sure that it is plugged in.  Next, pour some water into the pit to make sure that the pump kicks in.  Over the winter the float can stick and you pump may not engage.
Take a look in your backwater prevention valve on the main sewer line, if you have one.  Make sure that pit is clear and it is in  good working condition.
If the sump pump or the back flow valve do not appear to be functioning properly have a plumber come out for an assessment.  If you ever need recommendations we can help.

Take 30 minutes this weekend and make sure your house is ready for the melt!

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