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Early Spring Water Damage Threats for DeKalb, IL Homeowners

Scott Schramer -

An Early Spring Could Bring Water Damage Threats for DeKalb, IL Homeowners

Last year, winter refused to give up its icy, sub-zero grasp on Illinois. In fact, the last snowfall to grace us with its presence last year occurred in late April, which isn’t all that unusual, really.

What is unusual is the unseasonably early arrival of warm weather in March this year, which is as unexpected as it is welcome. To be able to go outdoors in March without a winter coat and a scarf is a bit like sitting under a Christmas tree wearing Bermuda shorts.

As wonderful as the early onset of spring may be, ServiceMaster Restoration & Cleaning Services by Skip cautions you to be aware of the potential for home water damage during these unseasonably warm days.

While we haven’t experienced the snowfall that buried much of the east coast this winter, we nevertheless have had our usual share of the annual white blanket of frozen awesomeness. So, when it melts early, as it’s doing this year, there’s cause for concern when it comes to early seasonal flooding and potential water damage.

When snow melts according to relative schedule, the melt water tends to follow regular downhill routes according to the gravitational constant. However, when snow melts unusually early around here, the frozen ground can’t keep up, so the water tends to follow any path of least resistance it can locate. Sometimes, unfortunately, this can lead right into a lower level or basement.

There’s not much you can do to redirect the flow of early melt water, but you can take some precautionary steps to ensure your basement/foundation is prepared for the onslaught of water attempting to gain access by exploiting cracks and fissures. Namely, you can locate those cracks and fissures and repair them accordingly. This may take some professional help, but it’s likely cost-effective in the long run.

If your home does experience water damage and requires water damage restoration, you should act as quickly as possible to mitigate any long term damage resulting from water damage.

Water damage restoration requires a certain amount of experience and expertise, as well as the materials and equipment necessary to ensure the water damage restoration process is conducted properly. While most homeowners aren’t equipped with such materials, equipment, and expertise, our professional water damage restoration experts at ServiceMaster Restoration & Cleaning Services by Skip are.

If you’re unfortunate enough to experience water damage during this early spring thaw, or for any other reason, give us a call right away. We are ready to serve the residents of DeKalb, Sandwich, Somonauk, Sycamore, Cortland, and Genoa, IL.


 
Wednesday January 30th, 2019#ServiceMaster by Skip