5 Reasons Your Basement May Flood This Winter

House surrounded by heavy snow
A basement surrounded by snow could receive some damage if the home isn’t maintained. (DepositPhotos)

3. Heavy Snow

A heavy snowstorm can have a similar effect as accumulating ice. Whether solid or in a melting state, moist snow can trickle into undetected entry points to cause water retention in the basement.

If you live in an area where snow is often packed several feet high, make sure your home’s foundation is secure, and consider adding a drainage ditch if you don’t have one.

There are also many basement waterproofing products you can use to close up those entry points where melting water gets into your home.

Before inclement or freezing weather, do a quick but thorough search through your basement for any cracks or holes that need filling.

Flood-damaged house
Living in a flood zone can definitely affect your home’s basement. (DepositPhotos)

4. Flooding

Living in a floodplain may predispose your property to local floods during seasonal rainfall.

Even if you don’t live near water, several days or weeks of rain or sleet can oversaturate the ground and cause standing water, which can leak into your basement and cause flooding.

Monitor weather forecasts to find out if a flood watch or a flood warning has been issued.

Water heater
A broken water heater could leak and cause the basement to flood.

5. Equipment Failure

If your property uses well water, your sump pump could go bad and cause water backup in the basement.

A broken water tank or a washing machine that unexpectedly leaks while running could quickly soak your basement floor.

Pipes may freeze, which makes them brittle and prone to bursting; this can lead to a flooded basement, especially if the leak isn’t caught immediately.

Preventing a flood is easier than cleaning one up. To prevent water damage to your home this winter, take steps now to protect your basement from the dangers of the elements.

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  1. The strength of frozen water is phenomenal. The damage it can cause by getting in cracks then freezing is incredible.
    Water does more damage to houses than anything else but it is overlooked until it has cost the homeowner thousands all too often.


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