Floods can be really expensive when you're left to deal with costly repairs. They can also cause mould to grow, which can have long-term health impacts on your family.
Here are some repairs you can do around the house to protect yourself and your family:
• Use water-resistant building materials for renovations below ground level.
• Put weather protection sealant around basement windows and the base of ground-level doors.
• Move furniture, valuables and electronics to the safest place in your property that is least likely to be affected by flooding.
• Raise large appliances, furnaces, hot water heaters and electrical panels up on wood or cement blocks above the potential water level.
• Install a water alarm to let you know if water is accumulating in your basement.
• 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.
• Make sure downspouts extend at least two metres (six feet) from your basement wall. Water should drain away from your property and neighbouring properties.
• Check that your roof and eavestroughs are draining properly in heavy rains.
• Use a rain barrel to catch water runoff.