3 Tips to Prevent Spring Water Damage
Even as the snow continues to accumulate, it is important to remember that we will soon be in the spring months. With the warm weather on the way (hopefully) it is important to remember that with all the snow melting, the water left in its place can cause problems if you aren't prepared.
Here are three quick tips for protecting yourself from any damage that the melting spring snow could bring.
1) It is important to make sure your sump pump is operating at 100%. Inspecting it for any built up ice, dirt, or other debris and clearing that out now, will prevent pump failure in the future. Once you have cleared it of any debris, turn it off and then on, making sure it start afterwards to ensure it is operating at full capacity.
2) An easy way to prevent loss of valuable items is to do some spring cleaning. By going into your basement and cleaning out any unnecessary items that have been stored over the winter and moving valuable ones to safe areas, you can prevent those items from being destroyed in the event of a flooded basement. While cleaning your basement, you can inspect for cracks in the foundation or any other weak spots at risk of letting in water.
3) The North Dakota snow is brutal, and while it is hard enough to clear driveways, sideways, and walking paths, it is important to clear as much around your house as possible. Once the snow melts it can pool underground next to your house and seep in through cracks causing thousands of dollars in damage. By using a snow blower, skid steer, or even just shoveling it away, creating a 3-5 ft. perimeter around your house will prevent a large loss of time and money in the future.
As the warm spring weather approaches it is important to take steps now to make sure you are not at risk of having unnecessary damage to your home.