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Protect Your Home from Basement Flooding

With Danielle Tkachyk, of Savante Insurance Inc

1. Call the pros: When you consider engaging a professional, the dollar signs start to flash. But this is one area you do not want to skimp on. Have a plumber inspect and maintain your drains, sump pumps and backflow prevention devices. If you do not have a sump pump and pit along with backflow devices, strong consideration should be given to having these devices installed as soon as possible.

2. Backwater valves: Install a mainline backwater valve to protect basement plumbing, including the catch basin. Make sure your backwater valve is maintained and cleaned on a regular basis.

3. Sump pumps: Select the right sump pump for your home by ensuring the motor is large enough to support it. Your sump pump should have its own outlet and circuit breaker, as well as a battery backup in the event of a power failure. Consider installing a warning device to signal water build-up in your sump pit.

4. Take advantage of rebates: Before installing a backwater valve or sump pump, check with your municipality for incentives or rebates related to the installation of equipment used for flood prevention.

5. Landscape: It can make a major difference to adjust the slope of your yard and direct water away from your home. Look at the shape of any flower beds and ensure they do not allow water to pool near the building. For some lawns and yards, this could be a major landscaping project. As an interim measure, consider the purchase of a submersible pump and hose to drain low spots near the foundation.

6. Get ahead in colder weather: In winter, move snow away from your home’s foundation as much as possible. Consider hiring a professional to clear excessive snow accumulation from the roof.

7. Spring into action: Watch for pooling water, reconnect your sump pump hose and extend it away from the foundation. Outside, also reconnect all downspout extensions and ensure they are free of leaves and other debris. In addition, you want to ensure downspouts are not connected to the weeping tile and are directed away from your home.

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