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Water Intrusion from The Melting Snow

Author: Ohio Homeworx
Date: March 15, 2023
Exterior of a home with snow on the ground.

As spring begins to approach and the weather starts to warm, the snow from the winter months begins to melt. Depending on how harsh the winter was and the amount of snow, the melted water levels will vary. However, we all share a common threat during this time which is water intrusion into your home from the melting snow. Water intrusion can happen in many ways whether it be foundation cracks or overflow. For any homeowner, it is ideal to avoid this at all costs. Let’s take a look at the types of damage that can be caused by melted snow, how you can prepare, and what to do if you detect water intrusion into your home.

Home Damage Caused by Water Intrusion

Water damage can cause many problems to your home's structure, stability, and overall safety of your home. It is always best to lever let water damage go untreated.

Cracked foundation.

Foundation Problems

If your foundation is constantly wet, this can end up leading to foundation damage which opens the door to water intrusion. The most common damages to a foundation from being wet include:

Basement Damage

Along with foundation damage caused by water intrusion, this can lead to basement damage as well if gone unnoticed or left untreated. Water leaking into your basement can lead to many problems. The two most common damages are:

  • Warped floors
  • Mold

Warped floors are caused by water or moisture underneath the floors for a long time. Eventually, the pressure from the water or moisture pushes upward and causes the floor to warp.

Additionally, mold is extremely common when water and moisture are left untreated in an unventilated area. Mold can lead to health problems for your family and cause sickness. If you notice mold in your home, have it addressed immediately to reduce any further damage and spreading.

Water covered basement floor.

How to Prepare for the Melting Snow

With lots of water building up near the end of the winter from the melting snow, water intrusion is at a higher risk for your home. The best preparation you can do to mitigate the chances of water intrusion from the melting snow depends on your home, however the most common preventative measures you can take include:

  • Inspect your foundation before and after the winter months.
  • Clear any built-up snow away from your foundation.
  • Ensure your gutters are in working condition and pointing away from your home.
  • Slope your soil.
  • Waterproof the lowest level of your home.
Flowing water out of gutter away from the home.

While most of these preventative measures are capable of being done by yourself, sloping your soil and waterproofing the lowest level of your home may require professional services. Sloping the soil around your home allows water to run off away from your home, protecting the foundation. Although, not every property can do this.

However, every home is capable of being waterproofed. Waterproofing the lowest level of your home prevents moisture and water intrusion from entering your basement. This is done by insulating your pipes, installing interior drainage systems, and applying epoxy and resin solutions to seal your basement walls. If interested in waterproofing your home, Ohio Homeworx provides professional, expert service. For more information, check out our Waterproofing page.

What to Do if You Detect Water Intrusion

Knowing you have a water intrusion issue is frustrating for every homeowner, however, if you can detect where the source of the intrusion is, this can help prevent additional damage to your foundation and home.

The first thing you should do if you find the source of a leak is to put a blockage barrier on the leak if possible. This helps prevent additional water entry into your home. This is only a temporary solution.

Additionally, the next step you should take is to contact us or your local foundation repair company. Professional service can repair the issue and identify if any structural damage has occurred and address any issues you may have.

Key Takeaways

The end of winter brings lots of snowmelt and water build-up around your home. It may not seem like an issue at the time, but water damage and water intrusion is at greater risk and can go unnoticed. This can lead to serious problems for your home if not addressed. That is why we highly recommended to prepare your home before winter to mitigate the chances of any damage occurring.

If your home has been affected by water damage and your foundation needs repairs, we offer professional and expert services to prevent water intrusion and repair your foundation to provide a sense of safety for you.

Contact us today and let’s stop any additional damage to your home.

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