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How to prevent flooding when snow melts

The Green Bay area has received massive amounts of snow and all in just one weekend! Of course, it’s the perfect sort of weather for sledding and skiing. It’s clear that winter isn’t going to go away without a fight. After all this snow and warm weather coming in the next week, the possibility of flooding is a great concern, especially for homeowners. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to help prevent flooding in your home as the snow melts.

Tips for keeping melting snow out of the basementSnow-covered landscapre with trees and a fence

Does your basement have a sump pump? This handy device helps keep basements clean and dry. If you do have one installed, it’s important to check to make sure that it’s working properly and to look for any frozen lines that may need thawing. Does your sump pump drain to the surface? Be aware that the draining point at the surface may be covered by snow and ice. If so, you will want to clear away all snow and ice to make sure that the sump pump can drain freely.

Which brings us to our next point. Whether you have a sump pump or not, it’s a good idea to clear snow away from your foundation to prevent flooding. Strive to clear at minimum 5 feet of snow around the perimeter of the building. As you’re doing this, survey the foundation. Are there any major cracks? Repair if possible.

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In addition, it’s a good idea to make sure downspouts are working correctly and aren’t clogged.  Be sure to have the downspouts drain at least 20-30 feet away from the building and to a well-draining spot. Snow melting on the roof will quickly move a large amount of water through the downspouts so it’s important that everything is in working order.

What tips and tricks do you use to help keep water out of your basement in the winter? Let us know in the comments below. From all of us at Le Mieux & Son Toyota, thank you for reading!

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