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How to Prevent Water Damage: 5 Flood Restoration Spring Thaw Safety Tips

Prevent floods and leaks before the spring thaw with our flood restoration tips.

Prevent floods and leaks before the spring thaw with our flood restoration tips.

Signs of spring in our lovely Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo may still be buried underneath a foot of snow, but now is the time to protect your home or place of business from flooding and water damage. Follow these 5 tips to mitigate the damage before the warm temperatures set in. And if you end up experiencing a flood, contact Proserve DKI for immediate flood restoration and water damage cleanup services.

1. Clean Out Your Gutters/Drainage Systems

Ice, water and debris can build up over winter causing blockages in your drainage. Before the spring thaw, make sure to clear your gutters, and downspouts of debris such as leaves. Also check that the melting snow is draining properly. For further water damage abatement, add a downspout extension to ensure that all the water is escaping far away from your basement or foundation.

2. Clear Your Roof

Snow can accumulate on your roof after a long winter. Once the temperature gauge rises, all that snow can lead to a significant amount of water, which can overflow gutters, loosen shingles and, in the worst-case scenario, cause flooding inside your home, affecting insulation, ceilings and walls. It’s also important to clear your roof of snow before the melt to prevent the formation of ice dams, which is when the snow melts on a warmer part of your roof and leads to a dam at the roof’s edge (often signified by icicles). When water backs up behind an ice dam, it can leak into your roof and cause the need for extensive water damage restoration.

3. Fill in any Cracks and Look for Mould

Like your roof, your windows, doors, walls and ceiling can sustain water damage over time and especially in winter. This is often due to poor air circulation and damp conditions. Do some early spring cleaning and patch up cracks in the drywall and replace caulking or seals around windows. If you encounter mould, it’s important to have it properly handled by a water damage and flood restoration company such as Proserve DKI, as some forms of mould can be toxic to your health.

4. Check your Property

Sometimes we don’t realize that the slope of our property is actually directing water from melting snow or heavy rain right into our homes or places of business until it’s too late. Home and business owners can prevent flood damage by checking the lot grading on their properties and taking the necessary steps to make sure that water is being directed away from a home or building instead of towards it.

5. Protect Your Basement/Crawl Space(s)

A sudden rise in temperature can cause snow and ice to melt at a rapid rate, which can leave our basements and crawl spaces vulnerable to flooding. Prepare ahead of time by clearing any snow and ice away from perimeter drains outside your basement/foundation, and install sump pumps to deal with any water clean up issues inside your basement. A flood alarm is another way to protect your home or business if your basement is susceptible to flooding.

For information on how to mitigate the damages from sewage backup, read Sewage Damage Cleanup: What Do You Do When Your Sewer/Septic Freezes.

Proserve DKI provides Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo residents and business owners with 24/7 – 365-day emergency disaster relief from flooding or other water damage. Our professional team of experts will mitigate the damages with immediate water extraction, using industrial air movers and dehumidifiers to deal with all flood clean up issues.