With winter right around the corner, it’s important to have a plan for melting snow runoff that could impact the foundation of your home. There are steps you can take prior to the snow falling to avoid this, and also actions you can take after the snow falls.

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Clean Out Your Gutters

For starters, make sure that you’ve cleaned out your gutters and drains. Try to do this before the snow falls to ensure your safety as you clean. After the fall season, there are leaves, dirt and shingle debris that can clog up your gutters. After you clean your gutters, make sure that the downspouts are free to allow water to drain out away from your home. That will make sure that when the snow melts, it won’t damage your roof or the foundation of your home.

If you’re able to, try to shovel roof snow buildup. This will put less pressure on your gutters and will alleviate the weight of the snow on your roof.

Brick home in the wintertime

Remove Snow From The Perimeter

Your lot should always slope down and away from your foundation. If it slopes towards it, that could lead to problems with melted snow seeping into your basement. It may seem like simple gravity, but there are many houses that were built ignoring this standard.

If there is snow that tends to slope towards your house, reach out to lawn care professionals to try to fix that before the winter. Otherwise, you’ll have to do your best to keep the snow away from your home’s perimeter. Doing so will prevent melted pools that could find their way into the foundation of your home and into your basement.

Person snowblowing their driveway

Strategize The Snow

It’s important to be strategic with where you’re placing the snow when you’re shoveling it out of your driveway or sidewalk.

Make sure that you’re not packing up snow against your foundation. Instead, put it in an area that will melt away from your home.

Make sure to remove anything that would hinder the snow from moving away from your house.

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Prepare For Winter With Scott’s Lawn Care

At Scott’s Lawn Care, we are a team of professionals who are trained to help you with all of your snow removal needs. We will work with your unique home situation to ensure that your home is safe throughout the winter and into the spring. Make sure you’re taking the right steps before the snow hits, and contact Scott’s Lawn Care at 763-479-8155 or visit our website: scottslawncare.net.

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