3 Ways to Protect Your Home From Snow Melt Flooding

Spring is just around the corner. More sunshine and rising temperatures have given us in Ohio a small taste of the beautiful spring weather ahead. The increase in sunny days has also started the thawing and melting process. 

It may seem too early in the spring season to think about flooding, the spring showers haven’t even started yet. But snow melt is another huge contributor to spring flooding and water damage in your home. 

Luckily, flooding from melting snow can be avoided with a few simple steps. Being intentional ahead of time can save you some major headaches later as the world melts around your home. 

Below we will cover three easy ways you can be proactive in protecting your home from snowmelt flooding. If you do find yourself in need of water damage restoration near Springfield, Ohio this spring, give our team at Reliant Restoration a call.

1. Check Your Roof

Often times snow appears to be light and fluffy, but in reality, it can get quite heavy. When snow is piled on your roof it starts to add a lot of pressure to the load your roof is supporting. Excessive snow accumulation on your roof can become so heavy your roof could collapse. 

More often than not, however, your roof won’t collapse, but the increased pressure can cause weak spots which leave your roof vulnerable to leaks when the snow starts to melt. Pooling melting snow and ice can also cause a great deal of damage to your roof. Many roofs are designed to slope and prevent water from pooling but if you have a flat or low-slope roof, you could be at extra risk of this type of roof damage. 

Utilizing a roof rake or shovel can help you clear your roof of snow. This is easiest to do after a fresh snowfall. 

2. Clear the snow around your home

Snow usually accumulates and piles higher around the perimeter of your home. This is due to wind and snow drifts as well as shoveling walkways and driveways usually leads you to create big snow piles around your home. 

As the temperatures rise and the snow starts to melt it is a good idea to help disperse this snow away from your home. Shoveling out 3-5 feet around your home will prevent snow melt from pooling and flooding your home. Also, be sure to clean out your drain spouts and make sure the water is able to flow away from your home. 

3. Monitor Your Backyard

Take the time to monitor your backyard as the snow melts. When a lot of snow melts in a short period of time it can begin to pool in your yard. Depending on the grade of your yard this could leave your home vulnerable to flooding. Make sure all standing water is flowing away from the house. 

Water Damage Restoration in Ohio

The countdown to spring is on, which means so is the countdown to flooding season. If you find yourself with snowmelt flooding or water damage in your home this spring. Not to worry, our team of water damage restoration experts can intervene and fix the problem right away.

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