How to Prevent a Flood in the Spring?

shutterstock_260952665All across New England, the weather in spring can be unpredictable. Occasional snowstorms, heavy rains and sleet, melting ice and snow can result in severe home flooding. If you prepare your home for thawing season with these professional tips, a potential water damage can be averted.

  • Make sure you direct the flow of melting the snow away from your home. Always remove snow with a shovel so that it doesn’t drain next to your building. Remove all the debris and obstructions that might be preventing water from being moved away freely from your house.

  • Clean up the floor drains, roof drains and all other drainage systems – they need to function properly in order to withhold the amount of melting snow and ice.

  • Same goes for downspouts and gutters, as these fixtures can trap debris and overflow. Remove all the foreign objects, snow, and ice so that thawing water can be carried away freely.

  • When was the last time your roof was professionally inspected? It is often one of the most common flooding sources. Remove the leftover snow to prevent it from damaging the roof structure under its weight.

  • Water sensors and alarms can be a good investment to prevent a flood. These water detectors can send alerts if it identifies water in unwanted areas.

  • Another good investment is a sump pump. These devices can ensure your basement stays dry by transporting outside water away from the house.

  • For some homeowners, a good idea would be to get a flood insurance. It’s a separate protection step as it’s not included under a general home insurance.

 

If worst comes to worst, AAA Flood Drying got your back. We’ve successfully remediated water damage all across New England, and helped with professional advice nationwide. Contact today for a consultation, or call anytime (978) 392-1895!