Winter Thaw Out – Preventative Measures

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As the warm weather approaches you will start to notice the thawing of snow/ice causing flooding issues, not only for city streets but in your own backyard.

Below are a few preventative measures that can be taken to help avert flooding in your home.

What you can do outside the house

  • Seal cracks or openings in walls/foundations
  • Clear eavestroughs and downspouts of leaves/debris
  • Ensure downspouts are draining properly, approx. two metres from your foundation’s walls.
  • Check that sump pump discharge lines are not frozen and draining properly
  • Check the grading around your home ensuing it slopes away from the foundation wall
  • Inspect weeping tile systems and complete repairs if necessary
  • Clear debris from roadside catch basins (sewer) to alleviate potential flooding on your property

What you can do inside the house

  • If you live in an older neighbourhood consider the install of a backwater valve
  • Contact a licensed plumber to complete proper maintenance checks on existing valves, pumps/pits, discharge lines and general plumbing
  • Have a video completed of your sewer drain to ensure there are no obstructions and good flow
  • If there is a tree located in the front of your house consider having your sewer snaked out annually as a preventative measure
  • While completing your spring cleaning run your faucets and inspect under all sinks to ensure waste and water pipes are leak free
  • Look up at your ceilings (especially below any bathrooms) and visually scan for water damage

Better to fix a small leak as they only get worse!



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