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Melting Snow Brings New Challenges

The large amount of snow depth in our region over this winter holds lots of water. For example, each cubic foot of drifted, piled, and/or compacted snow contains approximately 2 to 3 gallons of water. Now with the expected warm up and heavy rain it is imperative that homeowners take proper precautions to minimize serious problems resulting from melting snow and potential flooding.Protect Your Home From Melting Snow

To help, our experts have assembled a few tips you can employ to make sure your home stays dry.

Clean Gutters

Any home can struggle with water in the basement if the gutters are in disrepair or are clogged from leaves, dirt, snow, and ice. Eave-trough down-spouts should carry the water several feet from a house to a well-drained area. About 2,500 gallons of water will come from a 1,000 square foot roof with one foot of snow depth across the roof. This much water may cause problems if allowed to drain next to the house. With that, it is essential that homeowners routinely inspect gutters to make sure they are clean and attached tightly to the fascia.

Water that pours over the edges of a blocked gutter or slips between the gutter and fascia will hit the ground near your foundation with great force and erode the ground. If possible, remove any snow buildup on the roof and/or icicles from the eaves and down-spouts to help with drainage but exercise safely and be smart.

Remove Snow Piles

To minimize soft, wet soil conditions make sure to move snow on the ground away from the house into a well-drained area. A 10 foot high pile of snow approximately 20 foot in diameter contains about 2,600 gallons of water. Snow melt water may cause a wet basement if allowed to run down along the basement wall. If the ground is sloped 1 inch per foot near the house, moving the snow just 3-5 feet from the house will reduce problems.

Invest in a Sump Pump

Whether your basement floods once a year or every time there is melting snow or it rains, you want to take steps to prevent flooded basement problems. Depending on how much water invades the space, it could signal serious damage to the structure of your home. In fact, just an inch of water creeping across the floor can cost you more than $10,000. A sump pump is a fantastic investment. The sump pump works by pumping out the water which has accumulated in a specially created pit or crock preventing your basement from flooding. It also serves to clear moisture that has gathered over the years, which can equally be as damaging.

Investing in a reliable sump pump, installed by a certified Horizon Services’ plumbing technician, can save you thousands of dollars in water damage, decrease mold growth, give you piece of mind, and spare you the inconvenience of time-consuming clean-up caused by flooding.

If you already have a sump pump make sure to examine and clean both the sump pump as well as the crock. After cleaning out the crock, pour water directly into it. Make sure the discharge hose carries the water several feet away from the house to a well-drained area. Additionally, make sure that the pipe is on sloped ground so it drains properly and prevents freezing.

Waterproofing

If you discover that you have some serious water problems in your basement, like the sump pump always runs or moisture is always seen after a rain then you may want to consider waterproofing your basement. Waterproofing companies are trained to keep your basement dry.

Contact Horizon

With over 20 years of service experience, we have helped thousands of homeowners in the Delaware, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Gloucester, Camden, Burlington County NJ, and Maryland areas with their plumbing needs. Our team of plumbing professionals consists of some of the most experienced and most qualified plumbers working today in the Delaware Valley. These are top-notch plumbing technicians who can accurately diagnose and quickly fix any and all plumbing problems. Plumbing emergencies are our specialty!

 

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(5) Comments

  1. Angela Teichmann February 21st, 2014 at 3:17 am


    Thank you very much for all the information. It is very helpful to me.

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  2. Anonymous February 21st, 2014 at 8:52 am


    What if I don’t have a basement should I be worried?

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  3. Horizon Services February 21st, 2014 at 11:53 am


    If you do not have a basement, our experts still recommend that you clean your gutters and remove snow piles away from your home to minimize any potential serious problems resulting from the melting snow and/or expected heavy rain.

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  4. Anonymous February 21st, 2014 at 3:28 pm


    I am a client of Horizon and have read the info about cleaning the gutters and making sure they are attached properly. I am a 70 year old single woman living in a town-row home unable to do this chore. Please give advise.

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  5. Horizon Services February 25th, 2014 at 3:20 pm


    First off, we are glad to hear that you are a Horizon Services customer and that you read our blog and asked a question. Is there a family relative or perhaps a neighbor that could possibly help? Cleaning the gutters and removing any snow piles away from your home will help minimize any potential serious problems.

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