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Ways Severe Snowstorms Can Flood Your Poughkeepsie Home

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Teams can Assist you with Any Form of Weather Related Damage your Home Faces

The winter weather can threaten your Poughkeepsie home in many ways, and heavy snowfall is one of them. Snow by itself might seem harmless, but there are numerous destructive paths this precipitation could take to damage your house. Understanding these concerns can help you better prepare for these scenarios and even possibly prevent some of them.

Structural damage might be a costly situation, but flood snow damage to Poughkeepsie homes can be an even more significant obstacle and financial burden. Depending on the home insurance that you have and its coverage limitations, you might find that your policy only covers portions of flood loss recoveries. That is what makes understanding the potential destructive paths of snowstorm flooding beneficial to you.

Heavy Snowfall

Area homes have seen substantial snowfall over the years, regularly measuring more than a foot at a time during the heart of winter. The weight of this snow on your roof can test its limitations and sometimes cause structural breaches when portions of the roof collapse or supports break and the roof sags. These become penetration points for flooding.

Ice Damming 

Inadequate insulation in your home can cause snow to melt when it is still well below freezing outside. This melting can lead to situations like ice damming, which ultimately remove shingles from your roof as the growing ice forces melted water back into the house. This situation can go unnoticed at first but lead to substantial flooding concerns.  

Snowmelt Flooding 

Natural flooding from rising creeks and streams is another concern, as melting snow inevitably finds its way back to more significant bodies of water. Our SERVPRO professionals must prepare in these situations for widespread flooding concerns affecting multiple properties simultaneously.

Ice Jams 

Ice Jams are another concern for the area, as moving streams and rivers can dam up with floes of ice when specific conditions exist. Without a place for collecting water to go, water can spread out over the banks and affect houses and businesses in this immediate area.

There are several ways that heavy snowfall can lead to flooding in your home, and our SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County team can help you in all of these situations. Call our experienced professionals today at (845) 635-4550.

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