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Prevent Water Intrusion from Snowmelt

3/9/2019 (Permalink)

The Perfect Weather Conditions

The areas of Omaha, Bennington, Fremont, Elkhorn, Valley, Waterloo, and Blair have seen heavy amounts of snowfall this winter. As spring finally approaches, the forecast of warmer temperatures and rain showers creates the perfect scenario for water intrusion in your home. Unfortunately, some leaks may or may not be immediately noticeable. It is wise to intentionally inspect lower-traffic areas on a regular basis—such as storage rooms in the basement or attic—for potential water leakage. Catching a leak early is important for minimizing long-term damage.

Some Tips

Leaks from snowmelt and trapped rain-water runoff can enter your home from both above and below. Frozen drain pipes, blocked drainage systems, and ice dams are common culprits. Raking the snow from the roof of your house is a first step in helping prevent water damage. Additionally, cutting channels through ice dams on the roof by applying calcium chloride is sometimes an effective option.

Snow removal on the ground is another important preventative measure. Clearing a 5-foot path around the perimeter of your home helps prevent snowmelt and rain water from seeping into your house at ground level. Many times, homeowners will discover water in their basement due to unknown leaks in the foundation. Removing packed snow from drainage areas allows water to run away from your home instead of into it.

The Inevitable

Sometimes water damage from a snowy winter season is inevitable. If you discover a water leak, it is important to start the drying process immediately. This will aid in preventing further damage to your home, such as a future mold problem.

Call Us Today

The team at SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest is trained in proper drying techniques. If you find water damage anywhere in your home, our team is ready to assist you. Call us at 402-800-2134.

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