Act Now – Melting Snow and Near-Future Rains Can Pose A Big Threat To Homeowners

OK, we’ve had an historic winter here in New England and with the combination of persistent sub-freezing temperatures and numerous substantial snow events we now find ourselves with snow depths measured in feet not inches. Before we know it, we’ll be enjoying temperatures above freezing and we’ll soon see our yards again.

The transition between harsh winter and welcomed spring weather brings a HUGE threat to homeowners who have basements. The issue is that we’ve go so much snow on the ground, the natural swales (low spots in our yards) where rain water would flow around and away from our homes or off driveways are now blocked with snow. Taking advantage of the cold weather now to clear paths for the future water flow is a top priority of you want to avoid water damage to your home in the form of a flooded basement.

Here’s a quick video explaining what you need to do now before the rains come and the melting starts:
Watch the video on YouTube

Bottom line, clear paths for the water to run through the snow pack downhill and away from your home. Check to confirm the paths that rain waters normally flow are clear (this includes off sides of driveways, footing and gutter drain outlets to daylight, etc.).  If you ignore this advice and find your basement flooded, then your priority will be to get the water out as fast as possible and dry out the basement quickly in order to avoid mold and mildew growing. Professionals at ServPro of Norwich and Windham Counties (priority service will be provided if you mention you saw this blog/video) and other flood/fire damage experts are the go to professionals if the damage becomes overwhelming.

Hope this info helps!

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About Greg Hanner, REALTOR®, Broker, e-PRO

Greg has been an agent with Garden Realty since 1989 (and became a Broker in 2008) specializing in single family, condo, and land sales. As a senior Project Mgr. for BROM Builders, Greg stays on the cutting edge with custom single family home and land sales. Greg also serves on the Eastern CT Asso. of Realtors Technology and MLS Committee (former 2014 and 2012 Chairman). If you would like information on custom building in eastern CT, visit www.BromBuilders.com . Greg holds a bachelor's degree from the University of CT and also holds a private pilot's license with an instrument rating. If you are looking for an agent who uses today's technology to maximize their communication abilities, then Greg might be the agent for you. As an e-PRO certified agent, Greg is proactive and savvy about the Internet and he can take the connected consumer seriously as well as meet their online needs.
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