What a doozy! Winter Storm Jonas has come and gone, and much of the Mid-Atlantic is now blanketed in record-setting amounts of the wet, white stuff. A snow day can be lots of fun, if that’s your kind of thing, or it can be frustrating and inconvenient. What’s not up for debate, however, is that snowstorms — especially of this magnitude — can be cause for serious concern of snow damage. There are the obvious hazards like slick roads or blocked roads, causing people to stay in the safety of home. However, there are some less obvious forms of snow damage that can reach you even at home, such as the resulting water damage that can manifest itself during the melt. Read on to know what to look for as Baltimore starts to thaw.
Ice Dams pose one of the greatest potential water damage dangers to homes after a snowstorm. As the snow on your roof begins to melt, it flows down into your gutters, just as rain would. However, if your gutters are clogged or if the overhang of your roof if significantly cooler than the rest, that melt can re-freeze and slowly build up over time. As the size of the dam increases, the buildup can start to encroach under your shingles and into your home — a predecessor to roof leaks.
Snow Melt — Lots of it!
When the sun finally emerges after hours (or a day and a half!) of snow, the temperature quickly begins to rise as the sunlight bounces off the gleaming snow. As the snow starts to melt, it becomes an abundant amount of water. Snow melting quickly or in large quantities will significantly saturate the ground, leaving some of the water looking for somewhere to go. If your foundation isn’t totally waterproofed, that somewhere could be your basement.
Potential snow damage can quickly become potential water damage as the temperature rises and things start to melt. Know these two most common dangers, and check out the tips in this blog post, to keep your home safe this week as Jonas leaves town.
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Hopefully you have found our blog, “The Link between Snow and Water Damage,” informative and helpful. Continue to check back weekly for more helpful tips.