8 TIPS to Prepping your Home for a Copious Amount of Rain Mixed with Melting Snow!

With this rainfall swooping in this afternoon most of us are thinking about how our backs are going to be rested by avoiding shoveling snow for a couple days. However, there is some last minute snow shoveling you should be doing to prepare your home and neighbourhood to avoid possible flooding or future slippery ice pockets. With this quick break in freezing polar vortex temperatures, and I do mean quick,  the temperatures will be dropping to sub zero by Saturday and continuing for at least a couple more weeks, you need to have a home shoveling plan.

With our currently pretty massive snow drifts/banks and this rainy weather coming in there is the risk of flooding, water damage, ice dams, heat escaping water tracks and ice patches that you need to be aware of so you can prevent any costly damages.

Here are some tips for homeowners to prevent any costly damages:

1. Channel the water away from your home. Your home over this frigid polar vortex may have had heat escaping which in turn caused a water track along the edge of your home. If you don’t have heat escaping from your home you still may be vulnerable due to the heat transfer through your walls which again can cause water tracks. With the still frozen ground the easiest place for that lazy water to go is through cracks in your foundation or low lying entrances. If you can, shovel a path for the water to escape down a low lying grade and flow to a safer location or a sewer drain.

2. When Channeling be careful not to channel water towards your neighbours home. This could be costly in terms of emotions, damage, money and insurance rates. Most likely you will have to live with your neighbour for a number of years. Golden Rule – Do unto others as you would have done to yourself.

3. Eavestrough maintenance. Hopefully, in the fall you cleaned out all of the buildup from leaves, dirt and various debris. Clear the snow away from the bottom exit of the eavestrough and channel water into your other channels. If you currently have blockages due to ice build up (where icicles have already formed) try to clear these paths.

4. Street flooding. Most likely there will be street flooding as the built up snow banks during the rainfall will be acting as river banks locking the water in. Take steps to prevent water from flowing into your home. Make sure that all street sewer drains are cleared and the immediate space around them. If there is a lot of snow around the drain, a snow blower will help, if you do not own a snow blower ask to borrow your neighbours and give them a 6 pack of beer. The cost of beer will far out way any damage caused to your home. Water is mean and does not have any respect for your home. Remember to have sidewalks clear as they will act as a mini moat for your home and be sure to keep them clear so there aren’t any slip and fall lawsuits. #Ridiculous

5. Now vs. Then. It is better to remove snow now, than having to spend the weekend chipping away at ice resulting in heavier lifting.

6. Rooftop snow collection. The rain should melt the ice nicely and flow into the eavestroughs and down into your channels. However, be aware for ice chunks building up on the roof and sliding off, they will be heavy and dangerous. We don’t recommend shoveling your roofs off in preparation as it currently will be very slippery up there and not worth the risk.  Check the perimeter of your homes roof, if an ice chunk were to fall would it damage anything? I know that at my house if I park my car to “close to home” an ice chunk could fall on my car and those damages would be “close to home.”

7. Sump Pumps. Like your furnace it hides away in the basement and you don’t hear to many compliments or complaints from them. Check your sump pump on a regular basis to make sure that it is still working. Clear snow away from the sump pump exit of the house and make sure it is flowing into a channel but remains going down the grade of your land.

8. Driving the streets. When driving down streets be aware of floods, rushing water or puddling areas. The depth of the water collection isn’t always obvious as there could be sink holes or the conditions of the street could have deteriorated. Six inches of water can stall some passenger cars and make driving control difficult.

What are you waiting for? Go outside and prepare your home for any disrespectful rain water and possible ice damage or print this off and send out your significant other!

If you have any questions, concerns or require additional information please feel free to comment below or contact us at any of the sources provided. info@hoggmechanical.com, 519.579.5330, Twitter @HoggMechanical, Facebook Hogg Heating & Air Conditioning


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