Calgary has an amazing weather forecast in the works for this week (hopefully longer), which means all of the snow sitting on the ground in our city is going to melt. This may seem like welcome news, as spring approaches, but excess water for any reason can be problematic for your home.
Significant snow melt, like the one we already started experiencing over the weekend, can create real problems with flooding in neighbourhoods. Here are some steps you can take to keep your home protected from excess moisture or flood risk:
- Make sure your downspouts are pointed away from your home or foundation. You will also want to ensure that the eavestrough is clear from debris as well, so water can flow freely.
- Keep snow away from the foundation of your home, as well as your window wells. If you notice snow piled up in these areas, make sure you shovel it away. Remember, the water has to go somewhere once the snow melts!
- Keep your storm drain visible, and snow cleared away. If you can’t find your storm drain, the City of Calgary has an interactive map to help you find it.
Once the melt begins, you can clear away snow from the storm drain. If you find that the storm drain is iced over, do not try to remove the ice yourself. Call 311 and a crew will clear the ice for you. Don’t chip away at ice on storm drains as you may damage it or injure yourself. [City of Calgary]
- Make sure your sump pump is working properly.
- When clearing snow from your driveway, keep the snow piled in the wake of a drain, instead of piling it up where it can pool and cause flooding on community roadways. This can be particularly important for those living in cul-de-sacs. Deep, wide puddles on community roadways can make for dangerous driving conditions.
It’s also important to keep in mind, that while heavy melting is expected during our daytime hours, the temperature is still dipping below zero at night, so we will have ice to deal with in the mornings as well.
I’m curious about how this massive melt may be impacting your community, let me know how things are in your area by getting in touch on social media.