With fluctuating winter temperatures and the impending spring thaw, you might be worried about snow runoff seeping into your home and causing water damage. While you can always secure insurance restoration, it’s smarter to prevent leaks in the first place. There are a number of possible entry points for melting snow, but there are just as many ways to seal your home. Below, Flag Floors of Barnesville, OH, explains how to avoid leaks from melting snow.
Depending on the type of snow, one cubic foot can weigh up to 15 pounds. Many roofs are built to handle local weather, but an unusually heavy snowfall can strain even the sturdiest roof. A roof that already needs to be replaced is likely to develop leaks, which can cause water damage inside your home when spring temperatures melt the snow. The moisture may seep into wall cavities and the lower levels of your home where it can damage drywall, flooring, and cabinetry.
Luckily, there’s a way to protect your roof and prevent the need for insurance restoration. The simplest solution is to scrape the snow off of periodically. Not only will this remove the potentially harmful strain on your roof, but it will also prevent ice dams that could force melting water into your home. This might be easy if you have a single-story home, but a two-story home with a higher roof might require professional attention.
The combination of melting snow and spring rains can deposit water around your home and cause the water table to rise. That’s why it’s so important to protect your home’s basement, especially if it’s finished. There are several methods of preventing water from entering your basement, such as the installation of drain tiles or a sump pump, or waterproofing the whole basement. An insurance restoration company can recommend any combination of these options depending on your home and its location.
If all these leak prevention tactics fail and you end up with water damage, call the professionals at Flag Floors for restoration services. They replace hardwood, vinyl, and carpet flooring, as well as cabinetry damaged by moisture. They even offer quality countertop and window installation. Contact them today at (740) 425-3344 or visit their website to learn more about their insurance restoration services.