Spring Thaw Preparation
In the three main winter months—December, January, and February—Grand Rapids averages nearly 6 feet of total snow. Each year you should prepare your house for spring plumbing after the big thaw, and how to prevent issues with flooding homes.
First off, throughout the winter you should try your best to manage the snow. More massive piles or mounds means that area will take longer to melt, and when it does, all that water will sit on that one area. If possible, spread out the snow evenly, so it melts easier at a consistent rate. The redistribution helps the water reach all of your yard or garden, instead of one giant puddle.
Now that you know all that water is waiting outside, you need to prepare your home for keeping it out.
Check that all your drains are clear of clogs, so the water can flow where you want it to leak.
Keep an eye on outdoor pipes or catch basins by the road, as those can also clog and slow the rate of draining water.
All that snow and ice that comes about with the lower temperatures can also weaken the structural integrity of your home. Concrete slabs can break and shift, paint can chip, roofing tiles have gotten loose, and your gutters have taken damage from the weight of the snow. Watch for each of these spring plumbing issues, and if possible, try to consistently clear the snow from the roof of your home and garage.
You should now focus your attention on the inside of your home. Be sure that all the pipes and plumbing are clear and functioning correctly, and not showing any signs of leaks. Look around door frames and windows, as gaps around either of these might allow water to get through.