Hopefully everyone survived yesterday’s Blizzard!! Looking at the five day forecast the weather men and woman are indicating that we are going to have an early January thaw. The warm temperatures will be nice BUT could pose some more significant problems to our area with flooding. The melting snow might have trouble draining properly because of the frozen ground.
Snow can hold a lot of water. There are some steps you can take as a homeowner to try and limit the flooding.
Avoid having snow drain next to your house. Make sure your downspouts carry water several feet from your house to a well-drained area. One foot of snow on a 1,000 sq. ft. roof can produce approximately 2,500 gallons of water.
Don’t allow snow to accumulate on the ground next to your house especially if the ground is flat. As snow melts, water could accumulate and seep in. Your moving accumulated snow just a few feet away from the house can can help avoid a wet basement.
If you have a sump pump, test it periodically and keep it clean from debris. Make sure the discharge hose carries the water several feet away from the house to a well-drained area. Also make sure that the pipe is on sloped ground so it drains to prevent it from freezing.
Remove large piles of snow to a well-drained area. A 20-foot diameter, 10-foot high pile of snow contains about 2,600 gallons of water.
Most people do not realize that flooding is not covered under their Massachusetts homeowners insurance policy. Contact our office at 978 365-2302 or http://www.koinsurance.co to find out more about obtaining a flood insurance policy for your home.