In a normal winter, the weather talk is about never-ending snow accumulations and too cold temperatures. But this winter has been anything but normal. Instead of snowpocalypse” and “snowmageddon,” the weather reports have been filled with “bomb cyclones,” “nor’easters,” and other wet weather terms sounding completely made up.
Whatever you choose to call it, the wet weather has been relentless this winter and the result has been flooding and water damage in homes throughout various regions.
Burst pipes are one common root of winter flooding. However, when it comes to natural causes, winter flooding may occur when freak warm days cause all the snow to melt quickly. The water needs somewhere to go, and what the ground can’t absorb due to over saturation could be headed for your home.
This year rains have increased water levels of melted snow, followed by freezing temperatures, only to be followed by more rain. Yards began to resemble small, homemade ice rinks. And because a sheet of solid ice stood between the ground and the standing water, the water had nowhere to go…except for maybe your basement.
If your basement or other area of your home took on water this winter, your misery certainly had company this season, as many residents dealt with similar situations. And because the cold weather is far from over, it’s possible this wintery snow/rain/ice mix could be a repeat situation.
Snow piles, frozen ground, and sheets of ice leave little opportunity to fix the problem by working outside first. Instead, a good defense may stand as your only option for a good offense. Use the following list to stock your home and properly respond when winter water makes its way indoors.
Until the warm weather of spring hits, take these steps to reduce the damage caused by winter flooding. If the water rises to an unmanageable level, we’re happy to help dry out your home and restore your life back to pre-flooding conditions.