We finally make it through the 4th snowiest winter on record, and now we have to deal with this??
I've received countless calls the past two days from clients having water issues. For some, this email might be a bit too late (and I sincerely apologize about that). I wanted to get some information out there, as many of you are experiencing this for the first time. Feel free to reach out with any further questions (and while I'm not an expert on these items, I can always connect you with those that are).
If you don't have water in your basement, you're not out of the woods yet. Here are some tips to help you have the best chance of experiencing a dry spring:
Your plan is to get as much water (or potential for water) away from your house as possible).
- Uncover and keep your nearby storm drains clear of ice (I put my money where my mouth is and did this on our corner...made a huge difference in the water pooling in the street).
- before after
- Clear out ends of downspouts
- Shovel out abutting snow to the home
- Create a small “path” for water to drain away from your home and to the street/lower elevation
- Look in window wells and shovel out excess snow as needed
- Rake excess snow off of the edges of your roof
- If you have a sump pump, double check it is plugged in and able to run. (If you disconnected your discharge hose for the winter, re-connect it to make sure the water gets away from the home….but before it freezes again, disconnect. You don’t want to have a frozen discharge while the sump is trying to work).
- Be vigilant. While you may not have pooling water now, it could change quickly. Monitor around the perimeter of your home as well as in the basement itself.
If you have some water intrusion, here is what you need to know:
- Call your insurance agent to make them aware and see what they recommend
- Many homes in MN don’t have flood insurance…but that does not mean that you aren’t covered by your insurance. There could be another means of water intrusion causing the flooding that may be covered. Many times, water intrusion from your roof is covered (ice dams). It is best to call and ask your insurance agent prior to getting a professional out there to mitigate the damage.
- Take photographs and video of everything that is damaged to properly document.
- Don’t repair any of the water damage until you get the ok from your insurance professional.
- If it is up to you to repair, get multiple bids from trusted sources. This is going to be an extremely busy time for water mitigation professionals, so getting multiple bids is imperative.
- Ask for proof of liability, workers comp, and licensing. Since so many households are affected by this flooding, there will be many opportunists out there.
- It is best to let trained professionals take care of the water damage. If you must do it on your own, make sure you get the basement as dry as possible after removing the damaged areas. Dehumidifiers and large fans will help. You really want to make sure you don’t have moisture behind the walls or under the flooring.
- If you have any questions outside this scope, let me know and I can direct you to someone that can help.
Here are some professionals that deal with this on a daily basis. We do not endorse any of these professionals, but have had first-hand experience or have been referred to them by a trusted source. If you've had a great experience with someone not on this list, let us know about it!
ServPro - 952-473-4837
Service Master - 800-245-4622
Restoration Professionals - 651-379-1990
Loyear Water Damage - 612-839-1256
Reach out to us if you need any more information or assistance!!