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Melting Snow - Keep It From Damaging Your Home

Throughout February home owners kept wondering where they could put the rapidly accumulating snow. Now the concern is shifting to how manage a record amount of snow melt! Peter Judge, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) knows that what happens between now and the warm weather is the key. There are best-case scenarios (a controlled melt where the temperature goes up a little bit during the day and then drops below freezing at night) and worst-case scenarios (a rapid increase in temperatures immediately followed by a sudden rainstorm). The smart strategy is to proactively prepare your home for a wet spring.

With snow still on the ground and on many roofs, home owners need to continue the same maintenance they have been doing for several weeks:

  • Remove ice dams
  • Clean off any new snow to prevent new ice dams
  • Make sure all downspouts are clear of ice and leaves

In preparation for snow melt in combination with rain, MEMA recommends these steps:

  • Move snow away from the foundation of your home
  • Clear snow away from the bottom of your downspouts
  • Consider adding extensions to the bottom of your downspouts to move the snow melt and rain coming off your roof farther from the house foundation
  • Keep nearby sewer drains clear of snow and debris

Homeowners who have experienced basement flooding before, have property in a downhill location or property situated close to the water table, should look around their basement and either relocate or elevate anything that water can damage until mid to late spring. If you have a sump pump, make sure it is working and consider scheduling a routine maintenance call.

The good news is that spring is coming! Warm weather and visible yards are in our future. Please contact us if you need a name of a tradesman for an interior or exterior home repair as a result of this remarkable winter. We have dependable, timely referral for all the trades.

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