I’m going to fight the urge to start this post talking about what a cold and snowy winter this has been. You get it. I think we’re already on the same page when it comes to our impatience with what seems like a winter with no end in sight.
But this week, specifically tomorrow, brings in a highly anticipated late season warm-up to our state. After months of freezing temperatures, and even dangerously sub-zero temperatures, a forecast of 58 degrees tomorrow brings a huge sigh of relief to Hoosiers.
The only downfall is that much of the snow that has fallen over the past couple of weeks still remains on the ground. From a few inches in some places, to a few feet of snow where shoveling and plowing has piled up, the probability of flooding and leaks is very high.
While we don’t have to worry about flooding from pipe leaks this time, the ground still remains very cold and hard, making all of the melting ice and snow with less options on where to go. And unfortunately, that means some of you will see the water moving into your home.
The top of your home and the bottom are the biggest concerns. In other words, melting snow and ice on your roof and melting snow and ice looking for lower ground in your basement are the most likely threats of water damage to your home over the next few days.
How to Protect Your Roof
- Try to alleviate ice damming before it melts. If you are unfamiliar with ice damming, this is basically ice build-up in your gutters; you’ll probably notice it by icicles hanging down from your roof. This can cause damage to your roof, decrease the lifespan of your roof, and cause leaks. It will eventually melt away, but can create problems beforehand if you don’t address it.
- Check your shingles for cracks caused by ice or extreme changes in temperature. Just like the asphalt pavement on the roads that is covered with potholes, asphalt shingles aren’t much different in that changing temperatures can cause stress, and unwanted cracks.
- Peak into your attic. If you have small leaks, you may not notice it inside your home as your attic insulation may absorb the leak. It won’t be until later, when the small leak turns into a bigger leak or the small water build-up turns into mold that you take notice.
- While in your attic, check your insulation. Not only does a proper insulation level keep you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, it reduces your energy costs and prevents ice damming.
- Check your gutter system from damage and make any necessary repairs. Your gutters are an important piece to your entire roofing system, so neglecting even smaller damage can cause issues to the entire roof.
How to Protect Your Basement
- Check your downspouts and make sure they are set to properly divert rain water and melting snow away from the home.
- Make sure you have a sump pump installed and is properly maintained
- Install an emergency power generator to provide electric service for essential circuits like your furnace or electric heat, well pump, refrigerator, septic tank pump and sump pump in the case when power is lost.
- Have an action plan so that if unwanted flooding does occur, you and your family know what to do. Part of that action plan, should be calling a water restoration company like ReNew as quickly as possible
Here Come the Flood Warnings
While writing this, I’ve seen a few local flood warnings issued already. Only a few counties have this warning now, but the melting due to higher temperatures along with potential for a somewhat severe rainstorm tomorrow, I can forsee many other counties going under a warning within the next 24 hours.
Recent weather updates have shown about 1″ of rain expected in the evening hours of tomorrow; so hopefully much of the melting can occur today and early tomorrow before the rain arrives to spread out some of the drainage issues that we’ll see.
We’ll keep you updated and we’ll be on stand-by 24/7 in the event of emergency water issues. In the mean time, feel free to reach out with any questions you may have about waterproofing and prevention.