Well, it finally looks like the melt is on!
That is of course the good news…the bad news is that all of this meltwater is going to go somewhere – ideally it’ll go where its intended – if not, we have a problem.
Here are a few things to check now – while we’re still in the early stages of the spring melt, and get them remediated before serious damage to basement walls, floors, or exterior happens:
- Take a look for icicles – hanging from your eaves troughs, these are a sign that ice is damming in the eaves – and can back-up water, causing potential roof and gutter damage.
- On warm days, is water trickling down the downspouts? Obviously, it should – if not, it could signal a potentially damaging back-up that ought to be addressed before all of that snow turns to water.
- Does the water draining have a place to go? If it just puddles near the house, it could all seep down along the foundation. It’s easy to get rid of puddles when they are frozen – just get a hammer and smash them! Then remove the chips of ice.
- Does the sump pump work? Test the electrical connection. Test the exterior drain pipe for signs of freezing, and fix that before it becomes a serious problem.
- If you live in a flood-plain, or flood-prone zone, do you have a backup sump pump? They aren’t overly expensive at places like Home Depot, and can provide you with peace of mind (in case your current pump fails when its needed most, the backup can just be swapped-in at a moment’s notice)
- Do you still have a bucket (or bag) or ice melter around? Because freezing still occurs at night, it may be helpful to not trust the weather too much, and still salt the wet spots on your walks and steps – for safety.
- Have Clover come over! Give us a call – we’re happy to come over and walk around your house with you, and point-out the trouble-spots that might give you cause for concern this spring.