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spring water damage

Prevent Water Damage in Your Home This Spring

With winter reaching its end and the spring melt beginning in the coming weeks, some areas of the province will be seeing above-average runoff, so we’re asking homeowners to take some simple actions to help mitigate possible water damage.

To start, here are some preventative measures you can take to protect your home:

  • Check that your sump pump is working properly. (Note: the best type of sump pump includes a battery backup in case of a power failure).
  • Direct downspouts away from the foundation of your home.
  • Ensure your gutters are cleared of debris, snow and ice.
  • Shovel snow away from your foundation.
  • Check the sewer grates in your neighbourhood to make sure they’re clear of debris so they can drain properly.

Preventing Sewer Backup

In addition to the advice above, here are a few tips to help you protect your home from sewer backup as the warmer months begin:

  • If you don’t have one, install an automatic sump pump that discharges outside and away from your home.
  • Disconnect all rainwater downspouts from your basement sewer system and have them discharge outside and away from the house.
  • Keep sewer caps on all sewer outlets (floor drains, washer stack, sump holes, etc.) during rainstorms.
  • Have a four-inch automatic backwater valve (which normally stays open) installed by a professional contractor in the sewer line as it leaves your house.

Preventing Basement Flooding

To ensure your basement doesn’t flood as the snow and ice melts, follow these guidelines:

  • Make sure your lot grading slopes away form the foundation of your house.
  • Use window well covers for below ground windows.
  • Avoid pouring fats, oils, or grease down household drains.

Take Further Protective Measures

The advice above will help you prevent water damage to your home, but we also recommend having insurance for those just-in-case situations. Ensure your home is protected year-round by getting a quote from Access Insurance today.