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!