How to Prevent Flooding in Winter

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Snow is synonymous with the winter season. Snowmelt leaves behind lots of water. Depending on density, 1 inch of snow across a single acre of land can produce on average 3000 gallons of water when it melts. Rapid snowmelt may cause flooding that could adversely affect properties and the community at large. Hence, it is advisable to have proper snow removal strategies in place. Flooding caused by snowmelt can lead to thousands of dollars in repairs cost. The cost of water damage removal can be a hefty lump, way more than what many can afford to pay out of pocket. As a result, purchasing flood insurance can save you in times of flood or water damage troubles and is highly recommended for property owners who stay in areas that experience rapid snowmelt. 

Removing Snow Minimizes Flood Risks

If you can’t afford flooding insurance, then you may want to take certain steps to prevent flooding from rapid snowmelt. Removing piles of snow from your property can minimize the risks of costly damages and repairs. 

Here are some areas to focus your snow removal strategies

Roof

Snow may look light and fluffy but becomes weighty when it accumulates. Piles of snow on your roof can put tremendous pressure on your roof. Most roofs are built to hold around 20 pounds of snow per square foot, but snow can accumulate beyond this threshold, which in turn puts your roof at risk of collapsing. Snow melt on the roof can cause damage to your property if you have a leaky roof or clogged gutters. Flat roof properties are more vulnerable. So, if you have a flat roof, prioritize snow removal before temperatures rise. 

Snow removal is best done when it’s fresh. Using the right tools, such as roof rakes and shovels, you can make your roof snow free and protect your property from getting flooded. If you can’t access it or perform the task safely, you may want to outsource the snow removal task to a professional water damage removal company. 

Clear Around Your Home

Snow piles up around your property, covering walkways and driveways. While snowfall around your home can give it a wonderland feel, melting snow could leave your property flooded. As spring draws closer and temperature rises, it is time to get them shoveled at least 4 feet away from the base of your property. Remove dirt and debris from your gutter so snowmelt can drain freely and properly. Do not allow drained snowmelt to pool close to your building’s foundation. Create a clear passageway to allow for the free flow of snowmelt. 

Keep Your Yard Maintained

When the snow melts in your yard, it leaves behind gallons of water. A large part of this water gets absorbed into the soil, leaving the surface soft and mushy. What can’t be absorbed becomes standing water. A flooded yard can negatively impact the structural integrity of your property. This pool of water can flow back towards your home, adversely affecting the building’s foundation and ultimately flooding your basement. 

Snowmelt can take a turn for the worse without prior notice. Equip yourself with the right water damage removal strategies. In complex situations, get help from professionals. 

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