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Thursday, April 19th, 2018 by Elizabeth Freeman
Spring is officially here, but snow is still falling in parts of West Virginia. Just like heavy rain, melting snow can create the same problem: a leaky basement. According to The National Severe Storms Laboratory, thirteen inches of snow equals one inch of rain in the U.S. Of course, this ratio can vary for sleet or very dry, powdery snow in certain conditions.
How does melting snow affect my basement?
Even though the ratio above does not seem like much water, it is really gallons of water being thawed into the ground. Using a rule of thumb that 10-13 inches of snow, if melted, produces one inch of water, then each inch of snow produces roughly 2,715 gallons of water per acre. This can vary depending on heavy and wet snow or dry, powdery snow.
That can mean gallons of water around your foundation! Water thawing in the soil next to your home creates stress on your foundation, also called hydrostatic pressure. During the winter, the ground is frozen and surface water absorption is zero. The soil around your foundation is warm, thus allowing the snow to melt right into that soil and eventually finding its way into your basement.
Prevent Your Basement from Leaking When the Snow Melts
Many homeowners start to see a trend and notice that their basement starts leaking during this time of year. A lot of homeowners just ignore that problem, probably because they are scared to spend money to fix the problem. In the long run, if you ignore the problem it is more likely to create serious issues, like foundation failure. The longer you wait, the more you will have to spend to fix the problem.
Our solution is proven to keep your basement dry and take the “stress” off your foundation for many years to come. Not only that, we are able to create a healthier environment in your home too. Our method is backed by years of research. Our innovative approach includes installing French drains and sump pump systems that are custom-designed to handle all problems that arise in basements.
If you live in West Virginia, we are here to keep your home protected. We provide a FREE, no-obligation inspection. Give Basement Systems of West Virginia a call or fill out the form on our website before it’s too late!