We know how much of an inconvenience it can be to have an unforeseen event disrupt your life – and that you want to do what you can to protect your home and property from damage. That’s why we have some helpful tips to avert potential problems.
Water damage is the leading cause of reported claims in Canada. Help protect your home and your property by taking care and being aware of ways to prevent water damage.
- Clear eaves troughs of leaves and debris at least once a year (late fall).
- Make sure that the water run-off is far enough away from the foundation.
- Make sure there is at least 200 mm (8 in.) clearance between finished ground level and the bottom of the downspout; otherwise consider installing window wells.
- Inspect the foundation of your house and have any cracks repaired.
- Make sure your asphalt roof shingles are not worn or curling.
- Drain the pipe when you pack your garden hose away for the winter.
- On appliances or plumbing fixtures, replace plastic or rubber water supply lines with flexible steel braided hoses.
- If you're away for more than four consecutive days during the heating season, have someone check the heating system daily, or shut off the water and drain the pipes before you leave.
- Properly insulate and ventilate your attic
- Consider connecting your plumbing and heating system to a 24-hour monitored alarm service.
IN THE BASEMENT
- Do not cover floor drains.
- Store items in plastic storage containers on raised shelving.
- Check your basement for leaks after heavy rainfall or a rapid thaw.
- Get professional help
- Install a sewer backup prevention valve on your home's main line.
- Create a sump pit and install a sump pump with reliable back-up power.
- Ensure waste water pipes are not blocked by tree roots.
- Disconnect downspouts draining directly into the sewer system and redirect them at least 6 feet away from your home's foundation.
- Make sure your lot is graded to aid drainage away from your home.
- If you have a septic system, have it serviced regularly.