When that snow melts from your Avon Lake home you have to prepare for the potential of water finding it's way into your home. Here are some things to consider.
Clear ice and snow: If your house is still surrounded by snow, clear away any snow that is piled up against it. Look at areas near your foundation. Especially areas perhaps you had some water last year. Clear that snow away. Areas where two walls meet in your basement and the corners of your home can be weak areas to clear snow from.
Check your sump pumps: Test your sump pump to make sure it is working properly. Water from a sump pump should drain away from the house so that it does not flow back into the basement. It’s a good idea to have a backup pump in case the primary pump fails, There are units you can buy with a backup battery or consider a generator. We tend to loose power in the spring and those backups can save some serious water damage. Consult our local Lowes or Home Depot for those back up ideas.
Un-clog your gutters: Icicles hanging from the gutters are usually a sign that your gutters and downspouts are clogged with ice. When gutters are clogged, rain can make its way into the house instead of flowing safely away from the house. And on top of that can loose down spouts from ice and water back up at the openings. I always suggest placing a brick or wood at base of downspout to support potential heavy weight of a clogged area.
Protect your valuables: You can still avoid losses by removing rugs, electronics and other valuables from the basement floor. Antiques furnture and the like you have elevated on 2x4s and and anything else valuable just get it off the floor.
Consider long-term solutions: Making long-term improvements, such as re-grading your property so that water flows away from the house. Where basement windows dig 2 feet down and fill with gravel. Consider glass block windows..