Melting snow can cause damage to foundations and personal property (both indoor and outdoor) if it’s ignored. If this sounds like something you’re not overly eager to experience, throw on your warmest winter gear and head outside to give your property some attention.
Not sure what to do? Here are some suggestions for how to protect your home from melting snow.
- 1. Check your property for obstructions that might prevent melting snow from draining.
2. Clear snow and debris from roof gutters so water can drain away.
3. Make sure downspouts and sump pumps drain away from the house.
4. Shovel snow away from downspouts, basement window wells and stairwells.
5. Carefully brush heavy accumulations of snow and ice dams off the roof.
6. Clear your street storm sewer of debris and snow.
7. Check outside pipes for leaks and damage.
8. Pay attention to the forecast. You’ll want to know if there’s a flood warning. It also helps to know if rain is in the forecast–it often makes snow melt more quickly.