If recent headlines from the United States haven’t been enough to get you thinking about the potential for flooding in the Toronto area, you might want to give the topic some thought. Few people know that up to 20 percent of flood damage occurs in areas that are labeled “low risk.” This means that even though you may have considered the likelihood of flooding fairly low when you bought your home, there is still a one in five chance it could happen to you.
Another thing that often gets overlooked is the potential for basements to flood. Regardless of whether the rest of the neighborhood is having problems, basements are especially prone to flooding because they are the lowest point in your home. However, barring some large-scale weather event, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your valuables. To avoid needing to call an emergency plumber in Toronto, arm yourself with home flood knowledge and the know-how to protect your basement.
Why do basements flood?
Well, basements flood because there is (A) a way for water to get in, and (B) no good way for it to get back out. Cracks in the walls, areas of pooling water against your home and no escape route for rainwater can all allow water to build up pressure and make its way into your basement. If you’ve never checked the drain in your basement, or you’ve allowed boxes or debris to cover it, you have a considerable risk for flooding should water get in.
Many people don’t think about clearing drains or checking sump pumps until the water is rising and access is limited. In the case of basements and the potential for flooding, safer is always better than sorry.
Ways to protect your home
What can you do to head off the potential for a soggy basement? It’s simple: your plumber in Toronto will tell you to be proactive and look around your home for trouble spots:
- As mentioned, low areas between the ground and your home’s walls will allow water to pool and sit against your home. These gaps should be filled with soil and gutter drainage should be upgraded to divert water further from the house.
- Check to make sure your home has a backwater valve. Some older homes might not, and this could allow water from the sewer to flow into your basement. This is not only unsanitary, but also costly to clean up.
- You should have a sump pump. A sump pump is a device that pumps water out of your basement. If you don’t have one, water coming in from the outside can quickly gather and overwhelm any drainage system you might have. Think of the pump as a backup to your backup.
- Another simple thing to do is to improve your drainage, as many homes do not have adequate drainage systems. Consider installing French drains around your entire house to direct the water away more efficiently.
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