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Simple Tips to Help Prevent Flooding Your Basement This Winter

Posted by derek.larosa on February 23, 2014 at 11:50 AM

This winter we have experienced an abundance of snow. Now that winter is coming to an end, temperatures are rising and all that snow is going to melt. All that water has to go somewhere, hopefully not in your basement.


One thing we can do as home owners, if you have experienced any water leaking into your basement, this is unfortunate an can be delt with now or if it can be put off until it's a little warmer out and all the snow is gone, it will be easier to inspect the foundation and window wells inside and out. For now, the best thing you can do is to get all that snow away from your house. The further the better, but I recommend removing any snow from around the foundation of the house by at least 10'. By doing so, all that snow will have a better chance to slowly melt into the ground or run off away from the house and the the area around the house where the snow has been removed can dry out. The gutters will then be clear and and all the snow on the roof will have somewhere to go once it melts.


This will help in the near term and improve your chances of water not coming into your basement. The issue of cracks in your foundation, around windows or water coming up from drains will still have to be looked at seperately. For further assistance, you can contact us by calling the number at the top of your screen.

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