We think of snow floating down in fluffy flakes, piling up in drifts, dressed up as a snowman.
But snow eventually melts. Then, it’s water. Sometimes, lots of water.
You might head down to your basement one day and discover all of that melted snow has flooded your basement, causing thousands of dollars in damage.
It’s time to do some preventive work around your home now so winter weather won’t give you a big, soggy headache later.
What should you do? Let’s take a look.
Clear Gutters And Downspouts
During warm weather, clogged gutters and downspouts can cause water to back up into the eaves of your home, leading to water damage.
In the winter, that same backup can freeze and result in ice dams, which can damage the roof of your home. The added weight of the ice can also cause gutters to pull away from your house.
Make sure your gutters are free of debris before freezing weather blasts in. Consider gutter screens that keep debris from falling in.
Keep Your Storm Drain Clear Of Debris And Snow
Storm drains, also called catch basins, are the grated drains on city streets that allow rainwater to drain. They’re especially important during storms, when the high volume of water falling on streets would otherwise cause flooding.
When storm drains get clogged with fallen leaves and debris, water can’t flow through. The excess water can flood intersections and homes.
Keep your storm drain clear of debris — and clear of snow piles that can also block it.
Take A Hard Look At Your Drainage
Ideally, your property should be designed to properly handle the volume of rainfall and melting snow it receives.
When all goes well, a property will flush excess water through the public sewers, or toward naturally occurring outlets such as rivers or lakes.
If it’s not able to do this, you have a drainage problem.
Excess water can damage your home or building’s foundation. It will erode and crack sidewalks, patios, driveways and retaining walls.
Too much water will overwork your sump pump, create mold and mildew, cause cracks in interior walls and exterior surfaces. These damp conditions can even encourage insects and rodents to breed.
The Dangers Of Ice
Excess water is bad enough. But when it freezes and expands, the potential for damage increases. The frozen water pushes against your foundation and paved surfaces, causing heaving, cracking, and structural damage.
Take Care Of Drainage Issues Before Winter
There are several solutions to drainage problems, and a storm water expert can help determine what your property needs.
Options include dry creeks, trench drains, French drains, site grading, dry wells and reservoirs.
Take care of any drainage issues now — it will save you stress and money later.
Trust Neave With Drainage Issues
Neave Storm Water targets drainage problem areas and eliminates them, while preserving the structural integrity of any buildings or structures on your property.
It starts with a visit from a Neave Storm Water analyst, who visits your site to analyze your property.
Your Neave Storm Water technician will identify drainage problems and probable causes, then work with you to solve your problem.
Give us a call — before water starts turning to ice.
If you’re in the Hudson Valley, call us at (845) 463-0592. If you’re in Westchester County, call (914) 271-7996; from Connecticut, dial (203) 212-4800. Or, fill out our simple web form, and we’ll contact you about setting up your free consultation.