Preparing your home for the snowmelt can be a daunting task, but it is necessary to prevent the extensive damage that could result from a huge influx of melted ice and snow. These damages, in turn, could result to expensive repairs and a restoration project. This may need the assistance of a professional damage restoration company, which is an additional expense. There is still some time before the thaw, so you can still perform some simple steps to protect your property. ServiceMaster of Cobb has prepared some tips to minimize melting snow damage this winter season in Georgia and Tennessee.
How to Minimize Damage from Snowmelt
- Perform a roof inspection. This is best done by a licensed roofing company, but you can visually check your roof for any sign of leaks or damages and have them repaired immediately. Even minor roof damage could cause melting snow to seep into your attic or ceiling and lead to water damage.
- Unclog gutters and downspouts. Melting snow can pool in your gutters and cause attic or ceiling seepage. To prevent this, remove leaves and other trash that are stuck on your gutters and downspouts to prevent clogging. Also, ensure that your downspouts allow water to flow away from your home’s foundation to prevent basement or foundation water damage.
- Remove snow that has piled up around your home. If you live in an area which is frequented by blizzards, snowstorms or heavy snow accumulation, it would be best to clear several feet of snow around your property to prevent flooding and seepage when the snow thaws.
- Repair cracks and leaks. Inspect your foundation, windows, and doors for any sign of cracks or damage and repair them by sealing or caulking. Weatherstripping can also help secure your home.
- Unclog drains. Like gutters and downspouts, drains must be maintained regularly to prevent clogging. This would allow the snowmelt to flow properly.
- Maintain your sump pump. Sump pumps collect water when it floods or rains and allows it to safely drain away from the property, thereby preventing foundation or basement water damage. Before the thaw, ensure that your sump pump is in good working condition. Call a plumber to have it fixed if you find any damage.