Spring Snow and Flooding in Minneapolis
Heavy Spring Snow in Minneapolis Can Lead to Water Damage
Recent years have shown that snow events can outlast the calendar-defined winter in Minneapolis. As the temperatures rise, the amount of water in every inch of snow falling increases, making the snow heavier. During a late-season snowstorm, the wet, weighty precipitation overburdens trees and utility poles as well as your roof. Windy weather exacerbates the situation, exposing your home to damage from toppled trees, sheared off branches, and downed wires.
Snow Is Just a Thaw Away from Water Damage
When weather compromises your roof or exterior in Minneapolis, snow invades, water damage following as it melts. Our crews hold multiple certifications that prepare them to respond rapidly to all aspects of snowstorm damage. Emergency services begin as soon as we arrive, after an assessment of safety risks. Power lines or affected electricity inside your home can expose your family or our crews to shock or electrocution. A temporary shut off protects all, allowing our employees to:
- Board up or tarp parts of the roof and exterior to halt further snow and water incursion.
- Begin removing snow and moving on to water pumping and extraction
- Move contents to a more secure space
Importance of Moisture Detection and Measurement
When snow is the primary precipitation making its way inside your home, it can seem to disappear as it melts. In reality, the meltwater does remain inside your house, seeping into cracks and soaking porous building materials and causing water damage. As soon as practicable, one of our trained and skilled technicians uses sensitive moisture detection and measuring devices, including a thermal imaging camera, to follow the migration of the melted snow into building cavities, subfloors, and other structural components. SERVPRO crews then use a range of strategies to gain access to and release the water and permit drying with air movers, heat, and dehumidifiers:
- Holes drilled after careful removal of baseboards
- Flood cuts several inches above the watermark if drywall sustained severe saturation
- Holes drilled in mortar joints where water hid inside cinder block cells or behind concrete or masonry
- Drying mats using negative air pressure (suction) to pull moisture out of several layers of flooring
The highly-qualified crews of SERVPRO of Minnetonka stand ready to help you regain your home’s security and comfort after water loss following snow damage. Our phones are answered 24/7 every day of the year at (952) 473-4837.
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