Essential summer home improvement tips

Monday May 07th, 2018


Last year we saw record rainfall in many parts of Canada over the warmer months. Before the first summer storm hits this year, take some time to protect your property against flooding.

Protect doors and windows. Put weather protection sealant around basement windows and the base of ground-level doors. Install flood shields or barriers for basement windows and doors, making sure the tops of the shields extend above ground level.

Safeguard water systems. Install backwater valves or plugs for drains, toilets and other sewer connections. Make sure your sump pump is working and install a battery-operated backup, in case of a power failure.

Facilitate drainage. Water should drain away from your property and neighbouring properties. Check that your roof and eaves are draining properly in heavy rains and make sure downspouts extend at least two metres away from your basement wall.

Prepare for flooding. Raise large appliances, furnaces, hot water heaters and electrical panels up on wood or cement blocks above the potential water level. If an item can't be raised, consider anchoring it and protecting it with a floodwall or shield. Move furniture, valuables and electronics to the safest place in your property that is least likely to be affected by flooding.

Add some greenery. Consider planting a “rain garden” by using landscaping as way to catch and disperse water in the soil near your property. Use native plants and vegetation that will resist soil erosion.

Check outdoor grading. Make sure that your lot is properly graded. If possible, build up the ground around your property so that water can drain away from basement walls.

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