It’s that time of year again as we move into spring, temperatures begin to warm up and the snow begins to melt, which could cause the possibility of flooding or moisture seeping into your basement.

Owner of Northern Energy, Jon Patrick says he’s anticipating his phones to begin ringing soon as the snow begins to melt.

“Kenora and Keewatin it’s a unique area, there’s lots of rock so there’s lots of houses that are built of rock not necessary basements but crawlspace types of things,” said Patrick.

To be prepared for when or if your basement or crawlspace becomes flooded or when moisture occurs he says there are a few things homeowners should think about getting.

“If somebody has an existing sump pump that is to mitigate water issue, they can check to make sure it’s operational, it’s clean, and make sure it’s plugged in.”

“Another thing you can do is make sure all of your eavestroughs are cleaned and clear and are ready to accept melting snow but also rain, which will add to the water load in the ground.”

Regular cleaning and repairs are essential. If downspouts are ever suspected of being clogged, disconnected, or broken below ground level, they should be redirected to discharge water at least six feet away from the building.

The Ontario Association of Home Inspectors says the most common cause of water penetration is due to improper grading or drainage.

If the soil around the foundation is saturated, the excess water will find its way into the basement through cracks in the walls and floor, or by seeping through untreated walls.

The ground around your home should slope away from the foundation at a rate of one inch per foot, for at least the first six feet. Check the land around your home for proper grading.

Patrick also advises having a working wet and dry ShopVac handy to assist in the event water or moisture occurs so residents will have a way to deal with the clean-up.

Along with the ShopVac Patrick suggests having water pails handy to bucket water out of the affected area.

If flooding or moisture is common in your basement he says to remove furniture and belongings in the area to prevent water damage.

The last thing Patrick noted was if you feel up to the challenge to shovel snow away from your foundation manually.

As a business owner, Patrick is also preparing himself for when his phone begins to ring.

“We’ve prepared by making sure that we have purchased some pumps and things like that as we’re anticipating some of those issues.”

One of the signs of a damp basement is when a musty scent can be smelled, which is from the mold and mildew from the moisture.

Homeowners can also look for a whiteish powder just above the ground level on the outside walls or at the base of the inside basement wall, which is another sign of dampness.