Spring Ahead and Be Prepared for Spring Flooding

Spring Flooding With spring around the corner, you’ll be looking forward to warmer weather and no more shoveling! However, with warmer weather comes some dangers that you need to watch out for—such as spring flooding. Frozen ground thawing and the rainy season will be the main culprits. The key to reducing flood damage to your property is to take the correct precautions. By following these tips, you could be saving a fortune on repairs and replacing water-damaged property.

What Contributes to Major Flooding?

Any of these factors can contribute to flooding. It is more severe if you live near a body of water:

  1. Solid ground freeze
  2. Rain soaked land
  3. Sudden warming
  4. High rain fall
  5. Spring storms causing river levels to increase
  6. A significant and growing snow pack

Spring Flooding Control Trips

Before the spring thaw and rainy season are upon us, follow these tips to ensure you prevent water damage and flooding.

  1. Fix Leaks: Check to see if there are wet spots in the ceiling or cracks in the foundation. Leaky roofs and foundation cracks allow water into your home. Make sure the ice and snow are removed from your roof so the water does not collect under roof shingles and the eaves. This will also contribute to the accumulation of mold and weaken the structure of your home.
  2. Fix Foundation Cracks: If there is damage to the foundation you will need to close the cracks with mortar and masonry caulk, or hydraulic cement: These products will expand and fill gaps completely. If you patch with just mortar and cement, there is a possibly of the foundation cracking again.
  3. Clear Gutters and Drains: Inspect the gutters to make sure the drainage systems are in good working order. Make sure they are clear of any leaves or debris that can block them, causing water to collect.
  4. Correctly Position Downspouts: If the downspouts around your home are incorrectly positioned, water and spring-run off that pool too close to your home can seep through cracks and leaks in your foundation.
  5. Invest in a Sump Pump: If there is flooding inside your home, a sump pump lets you pump water out of your home. There is the option of either an electrical or battery-operated sump pumps, both are an excellent defense against flooding. If you do not want to purchase a sump pump, contact a plumbing and sewer company for assistance.
  6. Install French Drains: A French drain collects water in your yard and moves it safely away from your house. This is especially helpful if you live on a slope and you always have a problem with a soggy lawn and damp basement.
  7. Prevent Sewer Backup: Have a plumber install (or install it yourself) sewer or septic line check valves. This allows waste to flow only one way and will not back up into the standing water in your home.

Floods are a challenge that many homeowners will face. Sometimes even careful planning and prevention cannot withstand the wrath of Mother Nature. If not already in place, you should consider insurance coverage. To keep in mind, your homeowner’s policy does not cover flooding. You will need to purchase a separate flood insurance policy. If you have questions or concerns on whether you need flooding coverage, contact us. At TJ Woods, the best interest and safety of our clients are at the top of our priorities.