f you’re a snow hound, then you’ve enjoyed this winter in the mid-Atlantic states. Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC haven’t had this much snow since the blizzards of 2010.
But all good things must come to an end, and with the weather warming up and the sun at a higher angle in the sky, all this snow is going to melt away.
If your attic has the proper amount of insulation, you won’t have much heat escaping from your home. If that’s the case, you’ll still have snow on the roof. But as the temperatures warm up and the sun heats your roof, that snow will melt. Just as with rain water, melting snow will drain down your roof’s surface and into your gutters. You’ll want to make sure your gutters are free from clogs and leaks. While this is ideally done before any measurable snow hits the ground, you can still inspect and clear them if you see signs of a clogged gutter.
If water is unable to drain through your gutters and towards the downspout, you could have issues with water leaks. If melted snow backs up under your gutters, you might experience water damage inside your home. Thanks to gravity, water could find its way through your roof, windows, or walls. This sets up the potential for mold problems as well as structural damage to the wood framing in your walls and around your windows.
Look at your downspout drainage. Melting snow can send large volumes of water down them and out into your yard over the course of several days. If your downspouts don’t properly drain the water away from your home, that water could work its way down along your foundation and into your basement. Water that pools around foundation landscaping can also damage tree and shrub root systems, as well as weaken the earth surrounding the roots. This can especially be a problem in low-lying areas, where trees can come down during a thaw due to weakened root systems caused by standing water.
As snow continues to melt, check any drainage ditches, culverts, or storm drains on your property. If they are blocked or clogged from debris, clear them so that water is able to drain freely. Also be aware of large areas of snow piled up from snow plow equipment. These will take much longer to completely melt, and the resulting water has the potential to damage other areas of your property.