With snow comes water, which can lead to flooding. Flooding often leads to thousands of dollars of water damage repairs in the home. Employ these tips to keep the melted snow from running into the basement or crawl space this season:
- Check the Drainage
With proper drainage to move away from the home, it’s unlikely that snow runoff will get inside the basement or crawl space. To drain properly, the gutters need to be cleaned and attached tightly. If the water slips between the gutters and the fascia, it will erode the ground near the foundation and can form cracks in the foundation. When these cracks go unnoticed, they can turn into a flooding situation in the basement or crawl space.
- Sump Pump
For homes who regularly see flooding in the basement, a sump pump could be a great investment. When water enters the sump pit, the pump will turn on and pump the water out of the pit and away from the building.
Sometimes the best bet is to call a professional if water is regularly finding its way inside. There are companies who are trained to waterproof spaces such as basements and crawl spaces. If they get the space waterproofed correctly, the water will no longer be an issue.
Even with all the precautions in the world, sometimes water will find its way inside and cause damage. When that happens, American Cleaning Service is there to completely restore your home. Their team will assess the water damage and create a plan to dry it out.
While waiting for American Cleaning Service to arrive, do the following:
- Turn off electricity if the flood is significant.
- Locate the source of the leak
- Remove as much of the water damaged items as possible
- Soak up as much of the water as possible with non-dyed linens, towels, or blankets.
Don’t let snow runoff cause thousands of dollars in damages this winter. Take the precautions listed above and call American Cleaning Service for any water damage restoration needs.