Water damage is the leading cause of reported claims in Canada. Help protect your home and your property by taking care and being aware of ways to prevent water damage.
- Clear eaves troughs of leaves and debris at least once a year (late fall).
- Make sure that the water run-off is far enough away from the foundation.
- Make sure there is at least 200 mm (8 in.) clearance between finished ground level and the bottom of the downspout; otherwise consider installing window wells.
- Inspect the foundation of your house and have any cracks repaired.
- Make sure your asphalt roof shingles are not worn or curling.
- Drain the pipe when you pack your garden hose away for the winter.
- On appliances or plumbing fixtures, replace plastic or rubber water supply lines with flexible steel braided hoses.
- If you're away for more than four consecutive days during the colder season, have someone check the heating system daily, or shut off the water and drain the pipes before you leave.
- Properly insulate and ventilate your attic. Consider connecting your plumbing and heating system to a 24-hour monitored alarm service.
In the basement
- Do not cover floor drains.
- Store items in plastic storage containers on raised shelving.
- Check your basement for leaks after heavy rainfall or a rapid thaw.
- Get professional help Install a sewer backup prevention valve on your home's main line.
- Create a sump pit and install a sump pump with reliable back-up power.
- Ensure waste water pipes are not blocked by tree roots.
- Disconnect downspouts draining directly into the sewer system and redirect them at least 6 feet away from your home's foundation.
- Make sure your lot is graded to aid drainage away from your home.
- If you have a septic system, have it serviced regularly.