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Melting Snow Leads to Flooded Basements


If you are a homeowner in the North East there is almost no doubt that you experience seasonal snowfall. Winters in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware and unforgiving and with this snowfall comes flooded basements, mold and foundation issues as the snow melts.

The 2020-2021 winter season has already seen more snowfall than the previous one and forecasts predict another large storm in the coming week. If you think your home is at risk, here are a few tips from a basement waterproofing professional, Basement Solutions.

Tips For a Dry Basement

Assess your current situation and examine your basement looking for signs of water.  Do you ever experience leaking walls or water seeping from cracks in the floor? If so, it is important that you invest on waterproofing your basement. We have a number of interior and exterior waterproofing options that will fit your needs at an affordable cost.

Make sure that you have a working sump-pump, and if possible, a battery back up.  Melting snow around the walls of your foundation instantly raises the chance of water intrusion.  We provide a variety of sump-pump options that are essential to preventing this when a heavy snowfall begins to melt.

This problem intensifies when a warm spell or heavy rains causes the snow to melt rapidly rather than gradually disappearing. Twice the amount of water pools up in and around your basement if not graded properly.

Keep Snow Away From Your Foundation

After a snowfall, much of the accumulation around your home is unavoidable. However, when moving snow from walkways and driveways, keep the snow at least three feet back from the foundation of your home.

Do not allow snow buildup around window wells or downspouts. Additionally, do not shovel snow into the street as this could block the primary drains, resulting in back flow into your basement.

If possible, keep snow off of low-hanging roofs. As it melts, it makes its way slowly down your walls and into the home. Gutters and traditional drainage systems are designed for rainfall but not necessarily snowfall. Without proper upkeep, they can contribute to flooded basements and homes.

Consider Waterproofing, it’s the Safest Option

The type of waterproofing that your basement will need depends on several different factors.

  • Type of Water Entry i.e. Cracks, Leaks, Flooding, Humidity
  • Average Precipitation in the Region
  • Soil Content and Moisture Level
  • Position in the Water Table
  • Previous Waterproofing Systems
  • Customer’s Price Range

A thorough consultation with a Basement Solutions contractor will help you find the most effective system to keep your basement dry and your home healthy.

Contact Us

With further questions or concerns, give us a call today at 610-495-9111 for a FREE INSPECTION or visit www.basements911.com for more detailed information on our services.