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Important - Safe Guard Your Home

Important - Safe Guard Your Home

Important - Safe Guard Your Home: Melting snow and rain can cause damage to your basement.

Large quantities of melting snow can cause damage to basements and pose some dangers to your home. It is important to take necessary precautions to help avoid harmful situations. We have listed some "Do it yourself" recommendations that can aid as a defense against pooling water, blocked drains, roof gutter dams, and covered exhaust house vents.

Here are some tips to help minimize the damage:

Inspect your property for any obstructions that might prevent melting snow from draining.

Clear out any basement window wells of snow to prevent it from seeping through basement window.

Make sure downspouts drain away from the house. Shovel snow away from downspouts, basement window wells and basement cellar doors.

Shovel snow away from the home's walls to reduce water from pooling around the foundation.

Remove snow from basement cellar doors and windows to prevent water intrusion and also for emergency access.

Remove snow from around exhaust vents on furnaces and dryers.

  • Make sure your power vent is free from snow cover.
  • If your home heating system has a power vent installed, check to make sure snow drifts are not covering it.
  • Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can occur if it is blocked with snow.
  • Check to make sure your dryer vent is not blocked with snow. Blocked dryer vents can cause fire.

Make sure that all drains and gutters are free from snow and ice.

  • Do not climb on the roof or a ladder.
  • Remove snow using a roof rake or hire a roofing professional.
  • Use long-handled snow rakes (available at most hardware stores) or poles and stand on the ground level to remove the snow from your roof.
  • Start with lower part roof first.
  • Make certain not to contact electrical wires (Removing snow from roofs can be dangerous and a professional may be needed)

Snow on roofs that melts quickly can freeze and cause ice dams along gutters or soffits and prevent water from draining properly.

Make sure to remove snow blocking roof vents. Do not climb on the roof to remove snow or unblock vents. (Hire a professional)

Icicles can pose a risk to anyone working below them, so knock them down before working under or near them around your house.

Consider using sand bags if you have a walk out basement for directing water away form your home.

Inspect and clear any snow or ice build up around your sump pump discharge on the sidewall of your house. It is important to keep the discharge pipe protected from freezing to avoid clogging.

Check your sump pump for proper operation. (Contact us to have your sump pump serviced)

Install a backup sump pump in the event of sump pump failure or power loss.

Consider having a Bilge Pump on hand in the event your home takes on water. You can connect a hose to it and pump water out. (You can purchase Bilge Pump from )

Keep utilities, decks, and service areas clear of snow. Most service companies will not deliver or service homes that are not cleared of snow.

If you get water in your basement, Dry any wet materials, carpeting, furniture, insulation and drywall to avoid mold, mildew and further damage.

Note: Snow contains a great amount of weight. Approximately two feet of snow on an average sized roof can be the equivalent of almost 20 tons according to experts.

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