Hints & HELP!
by Lorene Bartos, Extension Educator
This article appeared in the February
15, 2004 Lincoln Journal Star Newspaper.
it was snow, snow, snow, now it is melt, melt, melt. Many
people are asking what do I do with all this melting snow?
Melting snow gives the moisture that is needed but may also
or leakage problems most often occur in the basement or
crawl spaces when snow and ice are melting and when frost
is beginning to leave the ground. It can also occur during
heavy rains. Seepage is the movement of groundwater through
the basement walls. It may appear as a damp spot in an isolated
area or in many spots. Leakage is the movement of groundwater
through the wall. Entry for leakage is water through cracks
or joints in the wall. Where as, with seepage the water
comes through pores in the wall material.
In order for either of these conditions to happen the water
near the basement foundation wall must be wet or saturated.
There is usually a weak spot where water infiltration can
occur. The problem can occur when there has been a drought
and the soil next to the foundation has pulled away leaving
cracks that will fill with water as the snow melts. It is
important to keep the area around downspouts clean so water
can run freely away from the foundation as it melts from
the roof and gutters.
you have a problem of water getting into your home it is
necessary to clean it up immediately so mold doesn’t have
a chance to grow. First, try to locate the source of the
problem and correct the problem as much as possible at the
time. Next, start the cleanup process. If there is a large
amount of water it may be necessary to use a wet-dry vac
or get professional help in getting it cleaned up. For small
leaks you may be able to absorb the water with large towels,
etc. or place a towel where the leak is to catch the water.
Dry the area with fans. Hard surfaces will be easier and
faster to clean than porous or carpeted areas. If you have
had problems with water in the past be sure to check the
areas often during this melting time.
to check even if you haven’t had problems before would be
window wells, corners, behind and under furniture or items
against the walls. Also check closets and storage rooms
in the basement areas.
around the outside of your home. Clean snow off patios,
decks and other areas where it may have collected. Clean
the area around the downspouts so they can drain and provide
a way for water to run away from the house. If you have
a lot of ice and snow on the roof, watch for water leaking
through the ceiling or inside the walls due to an ice dam
and causing damage in the attic or already coming through
to the ceiling.
spring and summer are going to be here soon and we’ll appreciate
the moisture and wish for some of the cold weather we’ve
had this winter.
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