Tips to protect your home from rapidly melting snow

It's that time of year again when the weather starts to warm up during the day and the snow starts to melt away. As happy as we are to see the nicer weather we also want to make sure your home is prepared for the melt!

  • Check your roof and eaves troughs for excess snow/ice. Consider hiring a professional to clear snow from your roof. A roof rake may help to clear the snow and debris from the edge of your roof.

  • Remove snow from around your home's foundation. Pay close attention to the areas around window wells since water always follows the path of least resistance to low points.

  • Most lots drain along the outside edges. Remove snow from these areas.

  • Keep the snow in your yard. Shoveling onto streets or lanes could block drains and cause water to backup onto sidewalks and driveways making walking dangerous if it freezes back up overnight.

  • Help keep catch basins/sewer drains clear. Where possible, safely clear snow, ice and debris from the catch basins in your area.

  • Clear snow and ice from around the bottom of your downspouts and extend the downspouts at least two metres so that water drains away from your foundation.

  • If water is getting close to your foundation, use an appropriate pump to drain it to the gutter or back lane. Please use all equipment properly and follow safety guidelines.

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