Basement Waterproofing – Does NO snow equal more rain?

Feb 28, 2012

Weather and Basement Waterproofing

Recently we have seen a large number of homeowners and property managers contact us to perform a basement evaluation and consultation. The common theme of these inquiries is wanting to ensure there basement waterproofing is sufficient for any potential weather event. What I have found so interesting about this influx of concern is that it’s being sparked by the lack of snow we have received in New England this year. Most of our new clients are moving forward with a sump pump installation or a complete basement waterproofing system based on the simple fact, it’s only a matter of time.

This has prompted me to do some research and find out if there are any facts to back up this view. So where is the first place everyone goes when they want to predict the weather. The Farmer’s Alamanac.

Farmers-Almanac-2012The predictions for the winter and spring of     2012 consisted of above normal temperatures with stormy, wet weather. I think we can all agree that the warm winter has been a nice break from the frigid temperatures we normally have during the winter. The stormy, wet weather part, well so far they seemed to have missed the boat on that one. Of course, all of us in New England know, the weather can change very quickly.

The thing everyone really wants to know is whether or not there is a direct correlation between a dry winter and a wet spring. I decided to focus on Boston, MA and Manchester, NH since these areas are local to most of our readers. The historical precipitation information was provided by the website weatherunderground.com. Going back to 1998, I took a look at precipitation in the winter and then precipitation the following spring.

Precip ChartsAfter looking at the data, the thing that stands out the most to me is how consistently Boston and Manchester receive about 20 inches of precipitation over the 6 month time frame between December 21 and June 21 each year. Based on these historical averages, the numbers do support the possibility of a very wet spring. In fact, it would be the wettest spring since 2006 if you go by the numbers.

So maybe there is something behind all this concern and public opinion. Who knows?

What I do know is that we are here to help however we can. So if want to find out what you can do to make sure your basement waterproofing is sufficient. Simply click on the button below that best represents how we can help.