Preparing for Snowmelt: Tips for Protecting Your Home in Warming Weather
We made it through our snow storm! We are so thankful for our dedicated community workers who cleared the streets and all who stepped up to help strangers who needed an extra hand this weekend. We're so proud to be a part of such a compassionate community. As the snow melts, we have several tips to protect your home and its foundation from meltwater.
To get an idea of how much meltwater may be coming, it is estimated that about 13 inches of snow equates to one inch of rain. However, keep in mind that this varies based on the type of snow; if it's more sleet-like, it will translate to more rain, and powdery-dry snow won't create as much.
Snowmelt can trigger moisture issues, flooding, and foundation cracks. Flooding impacts your foundation and your basement and can end up being costly to repair. Moisture issues provide an opportune environment for mold and mildew. If water is leaking into the foundation and freezes, cracks may form.
Some of the areas in your home that are vulnerable to water damage:
- Cracks in foundation, walls, or floor
- Top of the foundation wall
- Windows and door frames
- The corner of your floor and your wall
Not all foundation cracks are created equally. Commonly, cracks appear due to your home settling or rainwater exacting pressure on the foundation - these are easily repaired and not usually cause for concern. However, we always encourage you to get an opinion from a pro!
If you are experiencing any of the following, call an expert!
- Basement flooding
- Stains on the walls
- Damp, musty odors
- Peeling paint
- Cracks in walls or floors
- Water build up in basement windows