Water is the top cause of damage to homes, and repairs can be extremely expensive and hard to eradicate. So preventing spring water damage and looking for potential problems before they occur should be a priority for every homeowner.
Here are a few tips to make sure your home is protected from the damage water can cause as the ice and snow melt away.
Inside your home
Look for the telltale signs that water may be seeping in and get to the root of the problem before significant damage can occur:
- Puddles of water in the basement
- Water-stains on ceilings and walls in the basement but on the ground and upper floors as well
- Cracks in concrete floors that have increased in size or are showing discoloration
- Cracked or dried caulking around windows and doors
- Signs of mould and mildew under windows and near baseboards
- Damp smells and musty odours
- Check that your sump pump is working and have it repaired if necessary. If you don’t have one, consider getting one
- If you don’t have a sewer backwater valve in the basement, consider having one installed. It can save you from a flood!
Around your foundation
Prevent problems before they happen:
- Remove snow from around the foundation to a place where it can melt and drain away from the foundation
- Make sure your downspouts extend so they discharge meltwater at least two metres from your foundation
- Check window wells for seepage and ensure the window wells are clear of any debris
On your roof
Make sure your roof is ready for the change of season:
- Check for leaks in the attic, on the upper floors and in the basement
- Look for icicles on the edge of your roof: they’re a clear sign of ice dams on the roof, and ice dams mean a leaky roof
- Remove any ice dams or have them removed by professionals, and you will want to have the roof inspected as soon as possible to ensure there has been no damage to the membrane for water to seep in
- Clean out roof gutters of any debris as soon as that is possible so meltwater can flow to the downspouts
Spring is the season of rebirth. Don’t let the transition from winter ruin your enjoyment of the fine weather and the even warmer days yet to come. Look for problems before they occur; act sooner rather than later to avoid greater expense.