How to prepare your home for the big melt and avoid flooding - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

How to prepare your home for the big melt

Clear any snow build-up around the foundation of your home. Clear any snow build-up around the foundation of your home.
You should also check downspouts and make sure when that melting begins, there's space for that water to drain. You should also check downspouts and make sure when that melting begins, there's space for that water to drain.
  • Arctic Blast 2015More>>

  • Carbon Monoxide: Lurking danger in cold weather

    Carbon Monoxide: Lurking danger in cold weather

    Friday, February 20 2015 12:58 AM EST2015-02-20 05:58:21 GMT
    Friday, February 20 2015 12:58 AM EST2015-02-20 05:58:22 GMT
    As you turn on your heat to keep warm in these frigid cold temperatures, there is something you should also keep in mind... carbon monoxide.More >>
    As you turn on your heat to keep warm in these frigid cold temperatures, there is something you should also keep in mind... carbon monoxide.More >>
  • Tips to keep your furnace running in the cold

    Tips to keep your furnace running in the cold

    Monday, February 16 2015 7:14 PM EST2015-02-17 00:14:49 GMT
    Monday, February 16 2015 7:14 PM EST2015-02-17 00:14:51 GMT
    With temperatures well below freezing for days at a time, it's important to make sure you don't lose heat in your home. Heating experts say there are a few easy things you can do to keep your furnace running smoothly.More >>
    With temperatures well below freezing for days at a time, it's important to make sure you don't lose heat in your home. Heating experts say there are a few easy things you can do to keep your furnace running smoothly.More >>
  • Tips to keep your house warm this winter

    Tips to keep your house warm this winter

    Monday, January 5 2015 4:17 PM EST2015-01-05 21:17:02 GMT
    Thursday, January 8 2015 10:21 PM EST2015-01-09 03:21:36 GMT
    We promise summer will come again, but in the meantime, heating professionals have some tips for how you can stay warm and maximize the efficiency of your heating system:More >>
    We promise summer will come again, but in the meantime, heating professionals have some tips for how you can stay warm and maximize the efficiency of your heating system:More >>
(Toledo News Now) -

With warmer weather expected in the near future, there are things you can do to help keep moisture out of your home when that snow begins to melt.

Gil Ramirez with EverDry Waterproofing says one thing people can do right now is clear any snow build-up around the foundation.

"That's where the melting is going to start, and it's not so much the water and precipitation in the yards, as it is right along the foundation walls. You want to clear that away as much as possible," explained Ramirez. 

He says clearing a 5-6 foot path is a good rule to follow.

"Just the snow and ice against the foundation, vapors from that can penetrate that wall," said Ramirez. 

Also, he suggests checking downspouts. Plus, making sure when that melting begins, there's space for that water to drain.

"On a lot of those down spouts, they're full of ice. They're not functional right now, you got to clear those as best you can," Ramirez said. 

Once you get that snow away from the house, do a quick inspection.

"Look around your home. If you have any cracks or crevices above the grade you can spot yourself, try to seal those with some caulk to close those up for right now," said Ramirez. 

A little "sweat equity" can pay big dividends in the long run for your house.

Floods are one of the most common hazards in the U.S., but not all floods are alike. Learn more about how you can protect yourself and your home from flooding.

Mobile users, click on the "Video" button in the app to watch this story. Download our app here.

Copyright 2014 Toledo News Now. All rights reserved.   

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Police: father killed 5-year-old son, buried him in backyard

    Police: father killed 5-year-old son, buried him in backyard

    Friday, February 23 2018 5:09 AM EST2018-02-23 10:09:31 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 5:09 AM EST2018-02-23 10:09:31 GMT
    Police said a father beat his 5-year-old son to death with a shovel Wednesday, and then buried him in a backyard. (Source: WGCL/CNN)Police said a father beat his 5-year-old son to death with a shovel Wednesday, and then buried him in a backyard. (Source: WGCL/CNN)

    Police said a father beat his 5-year-old son to death with a shovel Wednesday, and then buried him in a backyard.

    More >>

    Police said a father beat his 5-year-old son to death with a shovel Wednesday, and then buried him in a backyard.

    More >>
  • Teen missing from Kentucky since 2017 found 'confined' inside SC home, suspect arrested

    Teen missing from Kentucky since 2017 found 'confined' inside SC home, suspect arrested

    Friday, February 23 2018 10:36 AM EST2018-02-23 15:36:53 GMT

    A Kentucky teen who was taken from her home in December 2017 was found confined in a Saluda County bedroom and a 24-year-old man was arrested for her kidnapping. 

    More >>

    A Kentucky teen who was taken from her home in December 2017 was found confined in a Saluda County bedroom and a 24-year-old man was arrested for her kidnapping. 

    More >>
  • 'Heartbroken' Kenworthy visits South Korean dog meat farm

    'Heartbroken' Kenworthy visits South Korean dog meat farm

    Friday, February 23 2018 3:05 AM EST2018-02-23 08:05:09 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 11:38 AM EST2018-02-23 16:38:41 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). In this Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, photo, American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, left, and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas watch dogs in cages at a dog meat farm in Siheung, South Korea. Kenworthy saved five stray dogs during the S...(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). In this Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, photo, American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, left, and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas watch dogs in cages at a dog meat farm in Siheung, South Korea. Kenworthy saved five stray dogs during the S...

    The Associated Press joined American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy on a tour of a Korean dog meat farm that's about to be shuttered by the Humane Society International.

    More >>

    The Associated Press joined American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy on a tour of a Korean dog meat farm that's about to be shuttered by the Humane Society International.

    More >>
  • NewsMore>>

  • Bats force closure of Butler County school's gym

    Bats force closure of Butler County school's gym

    Friday, February 23 2018 11:49 AM EST2018-02-23 16:49:19 GMT
    The bats appear to be getting in the southwest corner of the gym, chewing away the yellow foam and making their colonies in the cavities inside the walls. (Source: WSFA 12 News)The bats appear to be getting in the southwest corner of the gym, chewing away the yellow foam and making their colonies in the cavities inside the walls. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
    The bats appear to be getting in the southwest corner of the gym, chewing away the yellow foam and making their colonies in the cavities inside the walls. (Source: WSFA 12 News)The bats appear to be getting in the southwest corner of the gym, chewing away the yellow foam and making their colonies in the cavities inside the walls. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

    The McKenzie High School gym is closed, locked up and dark, the perfect location for bats.

    More >>

    The McKenzie High School gym is closed, locked up and dark, the perfect location for bats.

    More >>
  • Ex-Trump campaign aide agrees to guilty plea in Russia probe

    Ex-Trump campaign aide agrees to guilty plea in Russia probe

    Friday, February 23 2018 12:14 AM EST2018-02-23 05:14:34 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 11:47 AM EST2018-02-23 16:47:47 GMT
    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File). FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2017, file photo, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort arrives at federal court in Washington. In a dramatic escalation of pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additiona...(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File). FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2017, file photo, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort arrives at federal court in Washington. In a dramatic escalation of pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additiona...
    Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed additional criminal charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.More >>
    Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed additional criminal charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.More >>
  • Florida school shooting: 'abject breakdown at all levels'

    Florida school shooting: 'abject breakdown at all levels'

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:34 PM EST2018-02-23 04:34:46 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 11:47 AM EST2018-02-23 16:47:12 GMT
    (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP). Mourners attend the funeral service for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach, Aaron Feis. at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22. 2018. Football p...(Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP). Mourners attend the funeral service for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach, Aaron Feis. at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22. 2018. Football p...

    'Abject breakdown on all levels': Florida high school where ex-student accused of fatally shooting 17 people reopening to teachers Friday amid revelations an armed officer on campus did nothing to stop suspect,...

    More >>

    'Abject breakdown on all levels': Florida high school where ex-student accused of fatally shooting 17 people reopening to teachers Friday amid revelations an armed officer on campus did nothing to stop suspect, other issues.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly