Here are just a few things you can add to your snow removal plan. These
steps will help prevent damage to your property from flooding after the
Avoid letting snow drain next to your house or building. Downspouts
should carry water several feet from the structure to a well-drained area.
2.Seal foundation cracks. Small cracks and fissures in your
foundation walls are totally normal. However, they need to be sealed with
masonry caulk or hydraulic cement before the first thaw to prevent water
from leaking in.
3.Don’t let snow accumulate next to the building. This is
especially important if the ground is flat. As the snow melts, water could
accumulate and seep in through your foundation.
4.Install a sump pump. Lower levels of your building should have a
sump pump to keep water from rising to higher levels. A sump pump will
also help to drain the water that accumulates. Make sure to test it
regularly to make sure it isn’t clogged or pointed in the wrong direction.
5. Remove large piles of snow to a well-drained area. When you
clear your property of snow to allow for better access and mobility, be
sure that the snow piles you create are in an area that will be able to
quickly drain the water that will inevitably arrive.
6. Clear out sewer drains and downspouts. Like your sump pump, you
are going to want to inspect all gutters, downspouts and drains before the
snow melts. Be sure to remove any debris that may be obstructing them. If
you have sewage drains in your parking lot, make sure to examine these for
obstructions as well.
7.Make roof inspection part of your winter preparedness plan. In
the late fall before the snow even begins, thoroughly inspect your roof
for holes that may widen during the thaw cycle to come. These holes can
let in water from melting rooftop snow and damage your roof even further.
8. Immediately remove rooftop snow. While an inch or two of snow on
your rooftop isn’t going to do much damage, you may want to hire a
professional to remove larger amounts of snow from your roof before it
melts. When the snow melts, the water can easily find its way into your
building through holes that have grown during the thaw cycle.
9. When in doubt, leave it to the professionals. Even with all of
your inspections and preparation, a lot of snow could still mean a lot of
trouble for your property. Partnering with a professional restoration
Alpha Omega can
help you remove the moisture, repair the damage, and get you functioning