5 Tips to Prevent Basement Flooding During Rainy Season
Did you know that flooding is now the top cause of home insurance payouts in Canada?
Yes, it’s even surpassed fires.
With more extreme weather patterns and events happening across the globe, flooding is becoming more and more common—even when homes aren’t close to a waterway.
This means it’s more important than ever to make sure we’re doing what we can to prevent flooding in our homes and basements.
As we enter rainy season here in BC, there are 5 things you can do to flood-proof your home:
Ensure your downspouts and gutters are clean
Listen up: leaves and sticks in your gutters add up!
If you’re not cleaning them regularly, your gutters will overflow and water will pour directly onto the foundation around the perimeter of your house. This can lead to your downspouts getting clogged and your home being at risk for flooding.
So, make sure to check your gutters for debris and that your downspouts are clear of clutter, allowing for water to exit smoothly.
While you’re at it, check that your downspouts are properly connected, too!
Extend downspouts and make sure they are facing away from your home
The idea here is to prevent water build-up around the perimeter of your home.
Add some length to your downspouts and ensure the water is landing on a permeable surface that’s at a lower elevation than your home.
Repair cracks in foundation walls
It’s normal for cracks to form in your home’s foundation over time.
Make sure to check for cracks and fill them pre-rainy season to avoid letting in the rain!
Install a sump pump (and a back-up system)
Sump pump’s collect water that accumulates around the foundation exterior of your home and pump it farther away.
Make sure to get a back-up battery system for your sump pump as power outages and flooding have been known to go hand-in-hand!
If you already have a sump pump, check-in to make sure it’s operating properly.
If you’re unsure if installing a sump pump is the right thing for your home, contact a professional.
Get a sanitary backwater valve
A sanitary backwater valve is used to prevent wastewater from flowing back into your home during severe weather. The valve contains a flap that allows water to exit your home, but not to re-enter.
Keeping fats, oil, and grease out of your drain is another way to prevent wastewater from re-entering your home.
If you’re unsure if installing a backwater valve is the right thing for your home, contact your local plumber.
If flooding still occurs…
Sometimes, we do everything we can and flooding still happens.
Should a flood occur in your basement, it’s important to clean things up as quickly as possible in order to prevent further damage to your home (and your health!) from mold.
It’s also important to make sure your home is properly insured, as basic insurance plans in Canada don’t cover floods–and the average household flood in Canada ends up costing homeowners $40,000!
-The PPD Restorations Team
P.S. – Is your home or basement already flooding? Give us a quick call and we’ll help you get things back to normal ASAP. 604-942-4357.