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Warmer weather is melting snow and ice, what can I do?

Warmer weather is melting snow and ice, what can I do?

When warmer weather begins to melt snow and ice, there are several things you can do to address the situation:

  1. Clear Snow and Ice: Remove excess snow and ice from areas where melting could cause problems, such as sidewalks, driveways, and pathways. Use a shovel or snow blower to clear away snow and break up ice.
  2. Create Drainage Paths: Clear any snow or debris blocking drainage paths, such as gutters, downspouts, and storm drains. This will help prevent flooding and water damage as the snow melts.
  3. Redirect Water Flow: If you notice water pooling in certain areas, consider redirecting the flow using sandbags, temporary barriers, or by adjusting the landscape to encourage water to flow away from structures.
  4. Monitor for Leaks: Check your home for any leaks or signs of water damage, particularly in basements, crawl spaces, and around windows and doors. Addressing leaks early can prevent costly repairs later on.
  5. Remove Snow from Roof: If you have significant snow accumulation on your roof, consider removing it to prevent roof damage or collapse as it melts.
  6. Be Cautious of Ice Dams: Ice dams can form on roofs when melting snow refreezes at the edge of the roofline, blocking proper drainage. Use a roof rake to remove snow from the edges of the roof and prevent ice dams from forming.
  7. Prepare for Potential Flooding: Be prepared for potential flooding by moving valuables and important items to higher ground, installing flood barriers or sandbags around your property if necessary, and having a plan in place for evacuation if needed.
  8. Stay Informed: Keep an eye on weather forecasts and flood warnings in your area, and stay informed about any road closures or other safety advisories related to melting snow and ice.

By taking proactive measures and staying vigilant, you can minimize the impact of melting snow and ice on your property and keep yourself and your family safe.