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.
- Keep gutters clean of leaves and debris.
- 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.
- 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.
- Check the condition of the caulking of windows and doors to prevent water infiltration.
- Check that the roof does not leak during heavy rain by inspecting the attic.
- Watch for cracks in the foundation and make sure to repair them quickly.
- 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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