Precautions to Prevent Water Damage After a Snowstorm in Northern Minnesota

As the winter season carries on here in Minnesota, it is important to consider all of the water damage that can occur in your home from winter weather. On average, the northernmost area of the state can experience up to 70 inches of snowfall yearly. While we’re no strangers to excessive snowfall, the unfortunate truth is that it brings with it the threat of water damage to your residential or commercial property. Be aware of these threats now so that you can be proactive in preventing any damage from occurring. Here are some ways you can prevent water damage after a snowstorm in Northern Minnesota.

Sealing Your Basement From Water Damage From Melting Snow

During temperature fluctuations, you may experience runoff from melting snow attempting to wreak havoc on your property. With that in mind, now is the time for inspection and action to seal your space. If your home has a basement, look around carefully and thoroughly. Are there any cracks in the walls? Is it all concrete? Your first step is to fill the cracks, and then seal your basement completely. Concrete is a porous material, so it must be properly sealed to prevent any water from leaking through and entering the space. With the amount of snowfall we undoubtedly have ahead of us, this is an important measure to take before it is too late.

Installing a Sump Pump in Your Basement

Sump pumps are home-saving mechanisms that can reverse the direction and force of water from inside your home back outside. For melting snow, these are optimal. Though the water is slow-moving, it still can find its way where you least expect it, which is where a sump pump comes in. Because sump pumps are designed to switch on when water is detected, they can be your home’s lifeline this upcoming winter and spring when water unexpectedly enters the space.

Inspecting and Resealing Your Roof

Many homes in Minnesota deal with the development of ice dams on top of roofs due to fluctuating temperatures and heat loss coming from the property. Ice dams are large blocks of frozen ice at the base of a roof that prevent melting snow from naturally falling off of it. This snow then freezes to the existing ice dam, causing it to grow larger as more time passes. As it melts, water from the ice dam may eventually leak into your home through cracks and compromises on the roof. It can cause major water damage in multiple areas of your home the longer it continues. To avoid ice dams or water damage stemming from your roof, consider adding extra insulation, inspecting your roof for existing damage, and resealing it where necessary.

Restoration 1 of Northern Minnesota Can Handle Any Water Damage Your Property Faces

At Restoration 1 of Northern Minnesota, we know how to handle winter. Year after year, we see substantial damage from snow as it melts, though we know it can be stopped ahead of time with a few simple measures. If you do experience a water damage disaster or other property damage to your residential or commercial property this winter, don’t hesitate to contact us for service. Call us anytime, 24/7 for service.

About The Author

Patrick McBrady is the owner of Restoration 1 of Northern Minnesota. Pat has more than five years of professional restoration experience and 24 years of management experience, and he has received certifications from the IICRC and the ACAC.

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