March has finally arrived after a long winter and even though the ground is still snow laden, signs of spring are starting to emerge in the Capital Region here in New York. Before spring is in full bloom, it’s important to take some precautionary steps to prevent spring flooding in your home and business.
No property is immune from flooding and even those homes or businesses in low risk flood areas can succumb to water damage when the conditions are right.
According to FEMA, around twenty percent of flood insurance claims are from properties in moderate to low risk flood zones. That is why it’s imperative to take the preventative measures outlined here to reduce the likelihood of this occurring
Common Causes of Springtime Flooding in Albany, NY
It is quite common for March to be a pretty tumultuous month when it comes to weather and we often see quite a bit of snow piled on us just before the warmer weather arrives. When the temperatures do finally increase, the heavy snow melts rapidly. This snowmelt needs a place to go and often finds its way into homes and businesses as a result causing unexpected damage throughout the property.
As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers but those same showers often bring a whole host of other surprises with them; not all good ones either. For instance, flooding is one of the unsolicited gifts Mother Nature loves to present us with in the spring.
When the ground is already saturated with water due to the spring thaw, any rain on top of that can create a recipe for disaster. Last April, this dreadful combination created a flooding headache for many homeowners and business owners in Albany, NY and the greater Capital Region. CleanBright Surface Restoration received over 10 emergency flood response calls within a single day.
Below are photos of some flooded basements that we were called to assist with after heavy rain moved through the area.
In figure 2, several inches of water wreaked havoc in a home office in Halfmoon, NY. The water had risen high enough to cause the linoleum to float and damaged many of the personal belongings in this space.
Both images depict just how quickly and unexpectedly flooding can occur due to springtime rainfall causing quite substantial damage in a fairly short time frame.
Intense thunderstorms can cause flash flooding even in areas that are low risk for flooding. This type of flooding occurs in a very short time frame after precipitation and is exacerbated by grounds that are already saturated (common in the spring from the reasons listed above).
Tips to Prevent Springtime Flooding
It is important to move any snow that has built up around the base of your home or business to another location. Large snow piles that were created by a recent plow or from snow falling off of the roof must be paid attention to. As the temperatures go up in the spring, this snow will melt. By relocating it to a different location further away from your home, it reduces the likelihood that the water will enter.
Install and maintain a sump pump
Sump pumps help to keep areas in your home that are more prone to flooding, like basements, dry by moving water to the outside of your home. If you do not already have one installed, you may want to consider doing so to aid in the prevention of flooding and water damage. If you already have one installed, it is important to regularly inspect it to make sure it is in good working order.
Watch our Sump Pump Malfunction Video to see what caused the malfunction and how CleanBright Surface Restoration was able to resolve the problem.
Look over your foundation
If there are cracks or damage in the foundation, it is much easier for water to seep through and enter your basement. If the cracks are minimal, you can easily fill them with a concrete patch. However, if the damage appears more extensive, we highly recommend bringing in a professional company to repair it properly and safely.
Inspect gutters and downspouts
Throughout the fall and winter, debris can build up causing blockages in your drainage system. Before the spring thaw, you’ll want to remove any leaves, twigs, ice and other obstructions that can inhibit proper drainage. You’ll also want to inspect your downspouts for debris and make sure they are directed away from your house.
If you don’t already have extensions on your downspouts, you should consider adding them. This will ensure that the water collected from your roof during storms and snowmelt is dispersed far enough away from your foundation, limiting the likelihood of basement flooding.
Grade your property correctly
Similarly to the purpose of the downspout extensions, the key here is to make sure the water drains away from your property, not towards it. Check to make sure the landscape properly slopes away from the structure you are trying to keep dry.
CleanBright Surface Restoration is Available 24/7 to Help With Springtime Flooding!
We all know that even when we take every precaution possible to safeguard our properties, there is still a small chance that the unexpected can occur. It’s impossible to predict future weather events and the impact they will have on our properties. If you do end up experiencing water damage, you will want to call a reputable and experienced water damage restoration company like CleanBright Surface Restoration immediately.
Delaying the cleanup could result in additional damages, such as mold growth. According to FEMA, the average flood claim was approximately $34,000 between 2006 and 2010. That is a substantial loss. The sooner you get to the cleanup, the lower the cost of the damage will be.
Fortunately, if you need services in Albany, Troy, Latham, Saratoga Springs, Clifton Park, Schenectady, Lake George, Amsterdam or Hudson, NY and beyond, CleanBright Surface Restoration’s trained professionals are available 24/7 to assist you. Our highly experienced team has been helping homeowners and business owners throughout the greater Capital Region for over 16 years. We can help you get back on your feet after experiencing unexpected flooding and will work directly with your insurance company to take some of the stress out of dealing with water damage and possibly mold plagued property.
Keep in mind that most homeowner’s insurance policies do NOT cover flood damage. It is a separate policy that you would need to add on and one we highly recommend looking into. Flood insurance is usually reasonably priced and takes about 30 days to go into effect.
To learn more about water damage restoration and additional services we provide, give us a call 518-608-6242, browse our site, or fill out our contact us form.
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