Flash floods and torrential rains

Condo Flash floods and torrential rains

In summer, a flash floods and torrential rains can quickly arrive and discharge a significant amount of water. To avoid infiltration and overflow, prevention is always the best protection for your home.

Prevention tips

  1. Keep gutters clean of leaves and debris.
  2. Ensure that water flows by downspouts at a distance of at least 1.8 metres (6 feet) from the foundation. Be careful not to direct them towards the neighbour.
  3. Make sure the soil around the foundations is downhill, including sidewalks, patios, terraces and automobile access. Over time, the soil becomes tamp and can redirect water to the foundations.
  4. Check the condition of the caulking of windows and doors to prevent water infiltration.
  5. Check that the roof does not leak during heavy rain by inspecting the attic.
  6. Watch for cracks in the foundation and make sure to repair them quickly.
  7. Water pipes are often under pressure by torrential rains. In a neighbourhood vulnerable to flooding? Consider installing backflow and leak protection devices such as a backflow valve or a sump pump to prevent infiltration and overflow in the basement.

For more advice, visit Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction website.


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