January 11, 2014

MELTING SNOW CAN CAUSE WET & LEAKING BASEMENTS - Boston

When someone thinks of a leaking basement, most people think of rain. While heavy rains are the most common source of basement flooding, it’s not the only one. Melting snow can also find a way into your basement.

After most New England residents endure the traffic nightmares and snow clean ups, they think it’s time to enjoy the snow. NOT SO FAST. Due to the drastic shifts in temperature, snow will eventually melt. In New England, we have temperature shifts from single digit freezing temperatures to 40 degrees all within a couple of days.

The ratio of snow to water varies upon the saturation of the snow flakes. Let us assume, that 8 inches of snow equals 1 inch of water. Consider your roof when snow melts. If one side of your roof has a 10 foot wide buildup of snow, think of the volume of water that drains during the melting process. Not only will you have water from the roof melt, but also from the snow melting on the ground.

It’s one thing to have rain during the spring, summer, and fall months, when water penetrates into the ground. However, in the winter months, when the ground is frozen, and the snow melt and rain, runs across the frozen surface, and seeks a place to flow downward. Eventually, water will find its way along foundation walls and end up through a foundation cracks, tie rod or pipe penetration, into your basement.

Whether your basement leaks from rain or snow, homeowners need the advice of a qualified basement waterproofing professional. The good news is that these problems can be resolved without spending thousands of dollars for a drain system.


Contact A-1 Foundation Crack Repair today for cost effective foundation repair and waterproofing services.