Facing the Flood: How to Make Your Home Less Prone To Flooding

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There are 2 million Canadian homes in danger of facing increased flood risk. 

This risk continues to increase thanks to a combination of factors such as climate change and urban development. Flooding that completely destroys a structure is possible, but minor flooding is something that many homeowners will face on a regular basis. 

Where Does Flooding Happen?

Flooding occurs almost everywhere, and Ontario is even more susceptible than most places. 

Flooding in Ontario can occur almost everywhere, and provincial warnings are common. The damage caused by flooding goes beyond simple water damage. The microbiological threat of mould and all the health risks it brings can also occur.

In spite of the danger, there are steps you can take to help protect your home against flooding. 

The Basement and Foundation

Anti-water sealants are a vital first step in protecting your home. 

Coating basement windows and seams can ensure that water has a more difficult time of entering your home. Even if you don’t have a basement, make sure that your foundation is sealed and does not allow water to freely move in. 

If you have a basement, consider installing a sump pump that will help remove water. 

Standing water under your home is a threat to both your home and your health. Many homeowners have expensive appliances in their basements. Water heaters, furnaces, and other major household appliances are at risk when water builds up. 

Make sure that the pipes which enter your home are also sealed and protected. Water will always seek the path of least resistance and it will find any spots you may have missed.

Landscaping 

One of the best defences against water is the grade of your lawn. Make sure that your yard slopes away from the foundation of your home. This will prevent water from becoming trapped against your house. 

Water features and other landscaping features can also cause considerable flooding. 

If you have a water feature or plan to get one, make sure that they are installed away from the foundation of your home. Heavy rains can cause such features to flood even if your area is not experiencing a flood problem.

Pipes and Roofs

One of the ways in which water most commonly infiltrates a home is from pipes. 

If flooding is occurring anywhere near you, be prepared. Water can easily rise through sewer pipes. Installing check valves on your pipes will prevent water from seeping up into your home. 

Check that your gutters are cleaned, and that the run-off can escape. A tremendous amount of water can enter your home from above if the gutters flood. 

Do not allow the run-off to pool around your foundation. Make sure water is guided away from the house.

Get Your Problem Taken Care of the Safe Way

Many threats exist to your home in case of flooding. Minor flooding and flash flooding are the most common forms of floods. 

Taking precautionary steps to protect yourself is vital. There are many steps you can take. Speaking to a professional about it is a good first step. 

If you have already suffered damage this becomes even more important. Threats from mould and other damage can persist long after everything in your home is dry. Contact us today to have all your mould problems addressed!

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