What a Warm Winter Means for MN Homeowners:

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Embrace the unexpected as we explore the implications of what a warm winter means for MN Homeowners. Learn Green Clean’s essential cheat codes for Twin-Cities homeowners, ranging from what to expect with warm weather, and steps you can take right now, for your home protection. Explore how the unique temperatures of the season can redefine your winter home experience.

What to Expect & What to Know:

Homeowners should be concerned about water seepage, especially if there’s a sudden transition from a warm winter with rain, to freezing temperatures. When water permeates surfaces, such as soil or concrete, and then freezes, the frozen water can expand, causing lots of potential damage. This expansion may result in the cracking of home foundations, driveways, or other structures, allowing new water to seep into these vulnerable areas.

To limit the risk of water seepage during such conditions, homeowners should ensure proper drainage around their properties, clear gutters and downspouts to allow water to flow out and away freely, and consider applying sealants to vulnerable surfaces. Regular inspections and maintenance can help identify and address potential issues before they escalate.

Read each of these in more detail below:

Steps to Take Right-Now to Protect your MN Home:

1. Ensure proper water drainage

  • Inspect the slope of your property to ensure water naturally flows away from the foundation.
  • Create or maintain swales (low areas) to direct water away from vulnerable spots.
  • Consider installing gutter extenders if needed to redirect water from critical areas.

2. Make sure your sump-pump is in proper function

  • Ensure the sump-pump is in proper working condition by testing its functionality.
  • Check the float switch, listen for unusual sounds, and address any issues promptly.
  • Regularly inspect and clear the sump pump discharge pipe and surrounding area to maintain effective water drainage.
  • Insulate exposed pipes to prevent freezing and ensure proper functioning during warm winter conditions.

3. Check around home’s foundation and clear anything that’s in the way

  • Inspect the foundation for cracks and seal them with appropriate waterproofing sealants.
  • Check windows and doors for gaps, applying weatherstripping or sealant as necessary.
  • Seal any gaps or cracks in the exterior walls to prevent water infiltration.

4. Have regular & yearly home-inspections

  • Schedule routine property inspections, especially before the winter season.
  • Check for signs of water damage such as dampness, discoloration, or mold.
  • Maintain landscaping to ensure it promotes water drainage away from the home.

5. Call Green Clean if you discover a problem

Emergencies can arise at any hour, any day, and reacting promptly to damage is vital. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed by significant home damage, but channel that sense of urgency into immediate and focused action. In the event of a home emergency, connect with reliable professionals like plumbers, roofing experts, your insurance agent, and, of course, Green Clean for swift assistance with mitigation and water removal.

When unexpectedly warm MN Winters occur, Green Clean is MN’s Most Trusted Damage Restoration Company

By following these tips, you’ll feel better about protecting your Minneapolis-Minnesota home. At Green Clean, we are here to help you make this El Niño winter, a season of comfort and security.

We sincerely hope that your Minneapolis property will never experience water damage in any way, but if you do, Green Clean is ready to assist you in getting your life back to normal. Contact us today today to learn more.

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