Tips to Prevent Melting Snow from Entering Basements

With warmer weather comes melting snow, and with melting snow comes the potential for basement leaks. Melting snow can be just as dangerous as heavy rainfall when it comes to basement flooding. Especially when there are drastic changes in the weather, a particularly warm day can easily melt a few feet of snow, which often causes nearby lakes and rivers to overflow. Thankfully, there are ways that you can help prevent melting snow from entering your basement and causing water damage.

Repair Foundation Cracks Immediately

If you have an unfinished basement, it is relatively easy to keep an eye on the condition of your foundation from inside the house. As such, if you notice any cracks in your foundation, it is imperative that you repair them immediately, before the snow begins to melt. Never take foundational cracks lightly. When left unchecked, they can lead to flooding and also affect the structural integrity of your home. If your basement has been finished, do not hesitate to have a contractor open the walls if you see any water stains on the walls or ceiling. If the water is getting in as a result of a crack in the foundation, you will want to fix it as soon as possible. A small crack can lead to a disaster if left unchecked.

Waterproof Your Basement

The best thing that you can do to prevent water damage caused by melting snow is to waterproof your basement. Preferably during the warmer summer months when there is little chance of rain and the ground is soft, it is safe to begin excavating the area around your home. In order to properly waterproof your foundation and the walls of your home, it must be done from the outside, not the inside. There are waterproof coatings that are painted onto the exterior foundation walls and are designed to last for years. If there are any cracks or holes in the foundation, they are filled in using whatever materials necessary before waterproofing the interior basement walls. It is definitely worth the cost for peace of mind.

Suffering from a Leak? Contact AmSteam

If you waited too long to prevent water damage in your basement from melting snow, contact AmSteam at info@amsteam.com or 587-805-0465. We have a range of flood restoration techniques that will return your basement to its former state. With our 24-hour emergency response, you can contact us at any time of the day or night. Our emergency response team will assess the water damage and begin the restoration process. If we can begin this process within the first 24 hours, we can drastically reduce the cost of your loss by structure drying. Our team has the experience, training, and equipment necessary to dry tens of thousands of square feet in a matter of days. We also offer full reconstruction services, mold removal, pickup and storage of home contents, and flood cleanup.

Contact AmSteam today and see how we can help you clean up and restore your home in the wake of water damage from melting snow.