With the welcome onset of warmer temperatures and longer days also comes a deluge of melting snow! However thankful we may be that winter has finally loosed its white fisted grip, the problem of not effectively dealing with all water can result in some very unwelcome damage. Our office has received a lot of calls about water damage claims.
Get a jump start on preventing water seepage by making sure snow is removed from your roof and around the foundation of your house. Seepage is NOT covered under your home policy and removing snow before it melts is the first step you can take to prevent unwanted seepage and potential water damage.
Weeping tile will keep your basement from flooding, but it will not prevent water from seeping through the walls. Making sure the down spouts and gutters are clean and clear is key and directing the flow away from your foundation, so that any run off is taken away from your dwelling.
Another preventative measure you can take is making sure the ground surrounding your foundation slopes away from your home, this encourages water to run away from your basement walls.
Either move all the snow away from your foundation or make some useful furniture out of it! All this excess water can become problematic if not dealt with properly.
Here Are 5 Tips to Keeping Your Home Safe From Seepage!
1. Gutters and Downspouts – As we mentioned above make sure your gutters and downspouts are clean and in good working condition so that when the water melts it is directed away from the home.
2. Remove Snow – Shovel the snow approximately a few feet away from your home. Keeping as much snow away from your dwelling will lessen the amount of potential water seepage.
3. Use Window Well Guards – Keed these protected from damage with window well guards. Snow melting in window wells are an easy path for water to leak into your basement.
4. Caulking – Caulk any cracks in the foundation and areas between sidewalks or driveways and the home to prevent water from intruding and safeguard from any seepage.
5. Grading/Direct Water Away – Again as we mentioned above your home should have a downward slope, to direct water away rather than toward. If you have landscaping around your house, laying heavy plastic under rocks/chip cans further divert water away from your house.
As a homeowner maintenance is an essential part of keeping your home safe from damage and your property looking good! Taking care of small problems now prevents them from snowballing into bigger problems later.
If you have any more questions about water seepage and your home insurance coverage, please contact our offce. We’d be happy to talk to you anytime!