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How to Prevent Water Damage from the Spring Melt

Posted Apr 9th, 2018 in Media, General, Insurance Tips, Home Insurance, Did You Know?, In the News

Winter is in the rearview, and hopefully, the cold weather and snow are too. Heavy snowfalls can increase the possibility of water-related damage from the spring melts or spring showers.

How to Prevent Water Damage from the Spring Melt, Youngs Insurance, Ontario

Be proactive and take the following steps to prevent water damage from putting a damper on your spring.

The Spring Melt and Potential Water Damage

Ice Damming:

Mother nature gave us a taste of spring in February, but the temperatures quickly dropped soon after. When the temperature fluctuates from above and below freezing, ice and water can build up on your roof, causing damage to shingles, roofing, interior ceilings, and walls.

Seepage and Sewer Backup:

As the snow melts, there is excess moisture in the ground that can seep into your basement and damage the foundation of your home. If the water exceeds your sewer systems capacity, the sewer can back up too.

Tips to Prevent Water Damage

The snow might have begun to melt, but future weather, such as heavy snow or rainfalls, are unpredictable and can impact weather levels. The following tips can help you to prevent water damage, and to enjoy your spring:

  • Clear snow and debris from the perimeter of your home’s foundation, roof, and gutters.
  • Make sure downspouts drain away from your home’s foundation and that the yard is properly graded so surface water flows away from the foundation.
  • Ensure that your sump pump is working, or consider having one installed.
  • A professionally-installed mainline sewer backwater valve can protect against sewer backup.
  • Inspect your basement and roof often for signs of water and water damage.

If the spring melt results in damages, contact your Insurance Broker as soon as possible. Remember, not all water damage is covered by insurance. Talk to your Youngs Insurance Broker today to discuss your coverage needs.

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