Rain is a well-known enemy of a basement. Downpours can lead to floods in minutes, causing a wet basement, and in turn, can create an ideal environment for mold to grow.
But as we head into the colder months, much of that rain won’t be rain anymore and instead will be pure white fluffy snow!
Melting snow is just as much of a menace as rain.
The rule of thumb is that each 10 inches of snow, melted, would produce one inch of water. That’s 2,715 gallons of water per acre. But the actual amount can vary significantly depending on the consistency of the snow. Heavy, wet snow has a very high water content. 4 or 5 inches of that snow can contain about one inch of water, while it may take 20 inches of dry, powdery snow to equal one inch of water.
So even a minor snow melt can deposit thousands of gallons of water around the foundation of your house.
Don’t get caught off-guard by melting snow and wet basement!