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How to Prevent Winter Flooding

Each season seems to come with its own challenges, but none more so than winter. From heavy ice and snowfall to flooding in your attic and basement, you can never be too prepared for what winter will bring in Post Falls, Idaho. Most winter flooding happens when the snow and ice start to melt. Your roof and basement are the first areas of your home to be exposed to the elements and the first to show signs of flooding. Before temperatures start to rise, use these tips from the experts at Mainstream Electric, Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing to prepare your roof and basement and prevent winter flooding in your home.

Roof Flooding

  • Remove snow.

The most important thing you can do to prevent roof flooding is to regularly remove snow from your roof as it builds up to a foot or more. When snow builds up on the roof it can cause roof damage and lead to ice dams.

  • Prevent ice dams.

Ice dams form when water from melting snow freezes into ice at the edge of the roofline or eaves of your home. The ice blocks melting snow from draining off the roof. The trapped water will then continuously melt and then refreeze causing further damage to the roof. The damaged roof allows water to enter the attic leading to attic flooding, rot, mold, and mildew.

  • Clean your gutters.

Make sure your gutters are free of any leaves or debris to allow snow to freely flow away from your roof. Gutters full of debris can cause an overflow of water into cracks and holes in your roofing.

Basement Flooding

  • Keep snow away from your home’s foundation.

Heavy snow and ice can weaken a home’s foundation and then allow water to flow in once it starts to melt. Keep snow away from your home’s foundation to protect it and prevent water from seeping in.

  • Check and repair your gutter spouts.

Damage in gutter spouts can cause melting snow to pool at the foundation of your home, causing flooding in your basement.

  • Protect your pipes from freezing.

The pipes that are most likely to freeze are those from outdoor faucets, sprinklers, or the uninsulated pipes in your basement. Wrap any exposed pipes in foam pipe insulation or heat tape to prevent them bursting after a freeze and flooding your basement.

  • Test your sump pump.

Your sump pump helps to pump unwanted water out of your basement. At the beginning of every season test it to make sure it is still pumping properly and the water it pumps is flowing away from your house.

Winter flooding may go unnoticed until Spring when temperatures rise and snow and ice melt. This winter, routinely check your basement and attic for signs of moisture. Left unchecked, winter flooding can cause much larger and more serious problems over time. If you notice water or ice in your home this winter, contact Mainstream Electric, Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing. Our trusted professionals will help find the root of the problem and the best solution for your home. Call (866) 978-9297 to schedule an appointment today!