Basement floods possible with melting snow

FILE- This file photo from Feb. 14, 2014, shows melting snow on the ground. (WLFI File Photo)
FILE- This file photo from Feb. 14, 2014, shows melting snow on the ground. (WLFI File Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Temperatures will climb above freezing next week, which will allow some of the snow to melt and the potential for flooding favorable. The melting snow could cause issues to the home.

Hays and Sons General Manager Josh Keafer said when there is a large amount of snow on the ground, there will be more water when it melts. He said ice dams are a common problem around the area and can cause leaks in roofs.

“An ice dam is when water gets up underneath the shingle and freezes. It thaws again and gets up underneath another shingle, then freezes. That allows the water to get underneath the shingles and ultimately into the interior of the home,” Keafer explained.

State Farm Insurance agent Trent Johnson said leaks in the home could eventually bring mold problems if it is not fixed. An obvious sign of a leak is seeing water spots on the ceiling.

“It’s important. Don’t ignore it. It is coming from somewhere and it should not be there. So again, don’t hesitate. Don’t wait. Get somebody out there,” said Johnson.

Basement flooding is another concern when the snow melts. Keafer said they typically receive flooded basement calls, but he is expecting more calls this year because of all the snow on the ground.

“With the ground being frozen, once the ice and the snow begins to melt, that water will have nowhere to go except into basements, which will create issues with flooding,” Keafer added.

Johnson said it is important to check the sump pump before the meltdown.

“Just realize that is a mechanical piece. It is going to fail or if you’re power is off, it’s not going to run. So, what type of back up system do you have in place? Will it be a battery back up?” said Johnson.

Both Keafer and Johnson said they would not be surprised if people notice damage to their homes from the November storms.

If there’s a problem with your home, the best thing to do is contact your insurance company.

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