It’s that time of year when parkas and snow boots rival sandals and sunscreen. Budding flowerbeds and blue skies are often accompanied by mass amounts of runoff and many rainy days in the forecast. Residential flooding is common in the springtime due to increasingly wet conditions. In Minneapolis, it’s important to remind ourselves of flood prevention measures to have a safe, (relatively) dry spring.
The three main causes of spring flooding are thawing, increased rainfall, and failing or inadequate infrastructure. As long-lasting ice and snow melt, flooding is a risk. If you live in a low-lying area near a creek or body of water, you may be at higher risk for flooding. In order to prepare for preventable floods, take a look at these tips below.
The closer the snow is to a home, the greater the damage posed to the structural foundation of your home. Clear snow away from the proximity of your home (about 3-5 feet away). So, next time you shovel the driveway—hopefully only one or two times more this season—take a few extra minutes to push snow away from your home.
This is a frequently-overlooked step in flooding prep. When debris such as leaves, sticks, dirt, and ice are trapped in gutters, water is blocked from running freely. Semi-frequent cleanings may prevent seepage into attacks, walls, and foundations. It may be necessary to install downspout extenders to ensure a healthy distance from your home.
Over the course of the severe Minneapolis winter, miniscule foundation defects may become more pronounced, increasing the likelihood of water seepage and flooding. For minor repairs, fill cracks with concrete patch. For bigger concerns, it’s best to hire a professional to ensure that cracks are repaired properly. A solid barrier between the interior and the exterior of your home is key in preventing spring flooding.
Sump pumps are the modern version of a water bail-out assembly line. If unwanted moisture accumulates in a basement, the sump pump will collect water and can prevent extensive damage. This equipment is especially useful in areas where the basement is below the water table level.
If you’ve had problems with flooding in the spring months before, it would be a worthwhile investment to call a professional to examine at-risk areas in your home. A professional will be able to assist you in prepping your home in all aspects.
If you have either a minor or severe case of flooding on your hands, contact 24 Restore in Minneapolis. With trained experts, industry experience, and timely response, water damage from flooding won’t last long. Don’t let water sit without attention. Our team can make flooding from April showers leave as quickly as it came.