Spring may pale in comparison to winter but it can still surprise you with unpredictable weather. The combination of rapid snowmelt and heavy rain can trigger water issues, with the worst being severe basement flooding. Preventing melting snow from entering your basement and looking for potential problems before they occur should be a priority for every Denver, CO, homeowner.
Here are some vital tips for preparing your home for snowmelt and preventing basement water damage.
Inspect Your Roof
Not only do snow and ice compromise the integrity of your roof, but more snow means more water during the thaw. To stay ahead of this, remove as much snow as possible from your roof. Next, inspect it for any damage including sagging, missing shingles, or snow accumulation. Consider hiring a roofing professional to take a closer look and perform the necessary repairs.
Maintain Gutters and Downspouts
Debris, ice, and snow can build up during winter causing blockages in your gutters and downspouts. Backed up drainage is bound to cause flooding and overflows. Before the snow melts, make sure to remove any obstructions from gutters and downspouts to allow water to drain away from your home.
For better water damage prevention, add a downspout extension to ensure all the water is flowing far and away from your basement. These lines also can be placed in the ground.
Remove Snow Around Your House
As the temperatures rise, your basement becomes vulnerable to flooding due to the rapid rate at which snow melts. Prepare ahead of time by clearing any ice and snow at least a few feet away from the perimeter of your basement. This ensures that melting snow drains away from your foundation.
Check Your Home’s Drainage
Although all modern homes in the Denver, CO, region have water drainage systems installed, if they are clogged, they will back up water into the house. Check to see that the drains outside your home and the floor drains inside your home are not obstructed by debris. If your home has rooftop drains, make sure to inspect them too for any blockages. All drains in and outside your home should be open and letting water flow freely.
Check Your Landscaping
Sometimes homeowners might not understand that the grade of the yard is directing water from thawing snow into our homes until it’s too late. Denver, CO, homeowners can prevent water damage by checking the grading on their properties and taking the necessary steps to ensure that the slope is directing water away from the home’s foundation.
Install a Sump Pump in the Basement
A sump pump protects your basement from flooding and water damage by removing any excess water pooling in your basement and directing it out and away from your foundation. If you already have a sump pump installed, make sure it is clean and the intake valve is clear. Also, test the pump to confirm that it is in proper working condition.
Seal Wall Cracks
Even the smallest crack can allow water to seep into your basement. Walk around the exterior of your home looking for evidence of foundation cracks. Check the interior basement walls and floors too for cracks and discolorations. Seal any cracks you find to protect your home from potential water damage. If the cracks are significant, you may need to have professional foundation repair solutions installed.
Waterproof Your Basement
Your basement is susceptible to flooding as it lies below the grade of your home. To protect it from flooding and water damage, your need to invest in professional basement waterproofing. Your local basement waterproofing contractor will assess the situation and implement solutions that keep water at bay. As well as locking water out, basement waterproofing measures including interior drainage systems (paired with sump pumps) and dehumidifiers help preserve your home’s structural integrity and promote energy efficiency.
If you need help with basement flooding or water damage, contact Complete Basement Systems for a free basement waterproofing inspection and quote. We can help you prepare for snowmelt and precipitation so your home stays dry.