Spring is famous for having unexpected weather conditions. When spring weather starts to warm up, spring thaw occurs, and it often leads to many problems. Leftover snow and ice, including the frozen ground, start to thaw out as the temperature rises. This spring thaw results in excess water that could lead to in-home flooding, water damage, or any other problems around your home. Don’t let spring thaw create more damage to your home.
Below are five tips that you can follow to protect your home against flooding:
1. Clear your roof
After a long winter, snow can accumulate on your roof. Once the temperature increases, this snow buildup can create a high amount of water on your roof. This excess water can loosen shingles, overflow gutters, and in worse cases, cause flooding inside your home. These situations will affect the ceilings, walls, and installations.
To prevent the formation of ice dams, it is important to clear your roof of ice and snow before they melt. The ice dams that are found at the edge of the roof happen when the snow melts on the warmer portion of the roof. You will know this when you see icicles forming in that area. When water gets accumulated in the ditch, it can cause rook leaks, which may require a comprehensive and expensive water damage repair.
2. Clean your gutter and gutter systems
Water, debris, and ice can accumulate in your drainage, causing blockages. Before the snow and ice melt, make sure to have your gutters and downspouts cleaned and cleared of any dirt and debris. Check as well that the melting snow is drained properly. To reduce the risk of water damage, install an additional downspout extension to make sure that all the excess water escapes far away from your foundation or the basement.
3. Fill in cracks and look for signs of mold
Windows, walls, ceilings, and doors can also suffer from water damage over time, especially after the winter season. Poor air circulation and damp weather conditions are the main reasons for water damage in these areas. You will need to patch up cracks in the drywall, replace seals of chaulking around windows and ceilings, and do some early spring cleaning. If you see molds, contact a professional water damage and flood restoration company like Pride Restoration of NC to remove these toxic molds in your home.
4. Inspect your property
Sometimes, what you don’t realize is that the slope of our property is directing water straight into your homes due to heavy rain or snow. Most water damage and property flooding can be prevented by having your lot grading checked and taking the needed steps to alter the slope to make sure that water is directed away from your property.
5. Consider flood insurance
Most homeowners skip flood insurance, thinking that their homeowner’s insurance will sufficiently cover flood damage. The truth is, most home insurance does not cover flood and water damage. Start doing your research and look for a suitable flood insurance company for your needs. This ensures that no matter what happens, your home is protected against any type of flood damage.
These simple tips will help protect your home from the possible water caused by the spring thaw. If you experience flooding or water damage in Wilmington, contact Pride Restore NC today!