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October 17, 2018

Winter in Calgary

With all the snow we have been getting so early in the winter season, many homeowners may be forgetting that when all this snow melts, it will be turning to water and exiting the roof via the gutters and downspouts.

In Calgary, fall snowstorms, which are typically followed by seasonably warmer temperatures, and Chinooks throughout the winter, results in a recurring pattern of snow fall and melting. This pattern results in hundreds of liters of water being dumped intermittently around a house.

What does this mean for you?

If the downspouts are not extended and/or grade around the house is flat or negative (slopes towards house), all of this water could be collecting near the foundation and could have the potential to penetrate into the basement.

What can you do about it?

One of the easiest things we can do as homeowners to ward off potential water intrusion, is to make sure all the home's downspouts are extended a minimum of 4-6 feet when a big melt is present, even in the winter!