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Help Prevent Flooding and Reduce Damage with these Simple Steps
We’ve done some investigating and put together some suggestions to help you prepare your home ahead of time to minimize the impact. Below are some of the simpler suggestions out there that you can implement on your own throughout the year. Some may be fairly straightforward and others perhaps ones that you didn’t even think of!
1. Clean & maintain your eaves troughs and nearby storm drains from debris to ensure they flow smoothly.
2. Keep an eye on your roof shingles and replace the ones that are in disrepair. If it is time for a new roof entirely, if the money is there, consider the benefits of a steel roof.
3. Rain barrels are a decorative way to catch runoff from rain.
4. Keep your floor drains clear.
5. Pouring oil & grease from cooking can clog your drain over time, don’t do it! This will make things worse if your system backs up during tough weather. A great suggestion is to save a few tin cans and pour the leftover fats in the cans; they can then be thrown out on garbage day with little mess or fuss!
6. Keep your documents & special items that can’t be replaced stored up off the floor to keep them safe from water damage.
7. Inspect your windows, doors, and homes foundation for possible gaps or cracks that could be exposed to flooding. Fill in/fix any exposed areas.
8. Clear snow away from the foundation of your home in the winter.
9. During the spring months, if you have a green thumb, consider adding plants or shrubs to your property. It’ll help soak up some of that rain water and look good doing it!
10. Install downspouts and ensure they drain to a location away from your home (and your neighbours)! Three to six feet is a good distance.
Hopefully some of these tips give you some ideas to protect your home from any upcoming amounts of rain. If anything, it gets the ball rolling in terms of starting a discussion to ensure you have a plan in place to help lessen the risk of water damage. Above all, we hope you all stay safe out there during the wet and messy weather!
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