The temperatures are on the rise and the snow is finally melting! Take this weekend to prepare your house for spring thaw to prevent future damages. 

𝟭. 𝗖𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗜𝗰𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗛𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗲. If you have snow packed against the side of your house or covering drains, clear this away to reduce the amount of water sitting around your foundation.
𝟮. 𝗖𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗚𝘂𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗗𝗼𝘄𝗻𝘀𝗽𝗼𝘂𝘁𝘀. Ice and snow can build up in your gutters through the winter. Your downspouts should be down and clear of debris in order to function properly in keeping water away from the house. 
𝟯. 𝗟𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗰𝗿𝗮𝗰𝗸𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻. We have extreme temperature changes which cause movement in the ground. This can cause foundation cracks but if found early can be fixed before a larger issue occurs. Take a walk around your property and if cracks are found, consider getting them repaired. 
𝟰. 𝗘𝗻𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗦𝘂𝗺𝗽 𝗣𝘂𝗺𝗽 𝗶𝘀 𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴.This is your first line of defense against a flood basement and expensive water damage. If you have a sump pump ensure it is working properly and consider getting a backup monitor incase of failure. 
𝟱. 𝗖𝗵𝗲𝗰𝗸 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗔𝘁𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗖𝗲𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀. Snow builds up on roofs over the course of a winter, and while structurally they can handle it, the spring thaw brings with it the risk of a leak. You should always keep an eye on your attic and the ceiling of your top floor, as a small leak can quickly become a huge problem.
Krystal Jessome
Coldwell Banker Fort McMurray
D: 587-919-7499
E: krystaljessome@gmail.com