Melting Snow

Spring’s sunshine and warmer temperatures quickly melt piles of snow and ice, which is great but...where does all that water go? It goes down the path of least resistance, which is why it’s important to inspect your downspouts, window wells, basement, garages, and sump pumps to prevent melting ice and snow from entering your home or business.

  1. Check your downspout
    Where do your downspouts drain? If they drain just beyond a foundation wall, consider purchasing some extensions so they drain 5 to 6 feet away from the foundation instead of saturating the soil or entering through window wells and cracks. Also check the downspout for clogs that may prevent water from flowing through the spout.
  2. Look at the foundation
    Where do utility lines enter the foundation? Make certain all entry points are properly sealed with caulk to prevent water from flowing through those openings. Also check for cracks on the wall and floor where water may seep into the basement level of the building.
  3. Seal window wells
    Consider installing tightly sealed covers over window wells so water doesn’t accumulate in the window well. The perimeter of those windows should be tightly caulked and sealed to prevent any kind of water entry. Do not seal basement windows used as emergency egress points.
  4. Check your door seals
    Make sure any buildings’ door seals are in good condition. Look for cracking or dry rot — that’s a good indication seals need to be replaced.
  5. Grade your soil
    To prevent any flooding next spring, make sure the soil around your property is graded so the soil will help to divert water from the foundation.

If water enters your premises

In spite of your efforts to caulk cracks and replace door seals, you may still have water sneak inside The best way to prevent that water from doing too much damage is to have a sump pump in good working condition.

Test the pump before you need it to make sure the battery backup is fully charged.

Contact your Grinnell Mutual agent to make sure you're covered if that big snow pile in your driveway or parking lot ends up in your basement.