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Prevent Your Basement from Flooding this Winter

water damage cleanup gilfordIs your basement protected against winter floods? Heavy snow fall can turn into heavy snow melts and can cause copious amounts of water damage to unprotected basements. Many homeowners in Laconia fail to realize that melting snow can be a hazard to their homes. When the ground temperature starts to rise the accumulated snow starts to melt and has the same effect as heavy rain. Large streams of water start to seep through any porous surfaces, window wells, cracks in the foundation, etc.

Most of you may know that sudden changes in the temperature can crack glass. The same concept is applicable to your home’s foundation if it is not properly protected.  Weakened foundations tend to allow water to seep through and cause major water damage. The last thing you want to deal with during the winter season is a flooded basement.

All Brite Cleaning and Restoration of Laconia has compiled a few tips that can help you protect your basement from floods and water damage.

Keep Snow Away From Your Home’s Foundation

When you are shoveling your driveway after a heavy snowfall, make sure you take some extra time to remove the snow that is closely surrounding your home. Removing the snow from around your home will prevent water from seeping into your foundation as the snow melts.  Large piles of snow can turn into miniature rivers waiting to seep into your home.

Clean Your Gutters

You should clean your gutters all year round. Make sure your gutters are free of any leaves and debris to allow melting snow to flow freely away from your roof.  Cluttered gutters can cause an overflow of water to find cracks and holes in your roofing.  You will also want to check your gutter spouts for any damage to make sure the melting snow doesn’t pool at the foundation of your home.

Keep Your Pipes from Freezing

When water freezes it expands and this can put pressure on your pipes.  Pipes that tend to freeze are often exposed to severe cold such as sprinkler lines, outdoor faucets, uninsulated pipes in your basement or attic, etc. When your pipes freeze and crack they can release up to 250 gallons of water per day.  To prevent your pipes from freezing check the insulation in your home, wrap your pipes in heat tape or cables and make sure to turn off and blow out any outdoor pipes during the winter.

Call the Professionals!

If your Laconia basement floods this winter contact the professionals who are available 24/7! All Brite Cleaning and Restoration has professionals who can quickly and safely remove and repair and water damage that your Laconia home may be suffering from.  We can help you get your home back to normal this winter! Contact us today!

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