How to prevent snowmelt from leaking into your roof, basement

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – It’s all about prevention when it comes to keeping water from leaking through your roof or into your basement. And with temperatures reaching the 40s the past few days in the Pioneer Valley, that means melting snow, and water pooling around your home.

22News went to Rocky’s Ace Hardware in Agawam for some advice on how to prevent this from happening. The first step is stopping roof leaks. Before the winter season, you can install heating cable on your roof for easy de-icing, but if you don’t have that available, you should get right to the source and clean the snow off. 

“You can also take a roof rake, and remove the snow from your roof, for the first three or four feet of the roof so that your gutters can take the water out and away from the house,” Bob Parent from Rocky’s Ace Hardware told 22News. 

But that won’t work without clean gutters, another essential in preventing water from entering through your roof, or pooling near your basement windows. If frozen debris lingers, that can lead to flooding of the gutters, and water pooling too close to your home. 

Now the first line of defense against basement flooding is to regularly inspect your foundation, and repair as needed.

But even with new foundations, you can’t escape basement flooding from snowmelt if your gutter isn’t properly carrying the water at least three feet away from your foundation. You can buy a gutter spout extension if the water is closer than three feet.

For additional protection, you can also install a window well cover for homes with basement windows.

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