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Water: Your Home’s Worst Nightmare

With the sun greeting us earlier and earlier and staying out longer and longer each day, the signs are clear: spring is upon us! Before we get too excited for patio weather, there’s one thing that often gets overlooked, but absolutely shouldn’t: flooding

It’s a regular Saturday and you’re getting your home ready for some dinner guests later this evening. You head downstairs to do some laundry and upon landing on the basement carpet, your sock quickly turns soaking wet. The unwanted moisture is a very real sensation, which kicks your body into panic.

Upon further inspection, you realize the leak isn’t coming from a specific location like the washing machine or basement bathroom. It’s wet all over the basement floor and you’ve noticed even the baseboards are affected. It’s the start of your home’s worst nightmare.

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Billion Dollar Problem

Unfortunately, situations like this are all too common. By September 2018, Ontario was nearly at $1 billion in insured damage due to flooding-related issues. In the Bay Area, this past February saw a near-record rainfall total.

Water will stop at nothing to wreak havoc on your home. It’s critical for the health, safety, and wallet of your home that your property is prepared against potential threats of water damage. To help you avoid costly damage as the rain comes down or the winter snow melts, our Home Managers have prepared some tips and tricks for protecting your home from your home’s worst nightmare: water.

  • Inspect: Carefully inspect the exterior foundation of your home, the interior floors of your basement and your basement walls. Flooding may occur because of cracks and holes in your foundation. Sealing these unwanted cracks is an easy job you can even do by yourself. On the other hand, if you can fit a quarter into the crack, it’s best to call a Pro immediately. They can also help you determine the reason for the crack’s appearance. The cause may vary from a broken pipe to an underwater spring near your foundation.

  • Sump Pump: Test your sump pump every few months to make sure it is working. A sump pump pumps out excess water to disposal areas making your home and basement as dry as possible. It is important to ensure it is regularly cleaned and accessible should worst come to worse.

  • Eavestroughs: Clearing and cleaning your eavestroughs bi-annually is an important step to ensuring your home stays dry. When you have clogged gutters, rainwater has nowhere to flow except down and potentially inside your walls creating costly water damage. The signs of clogged gutters are sagginess, spilling side water, bird nests and roof or basement wall leaks. When you notice these signs, it is important to have a Pro attend to this if you cannot do it yourself.

  • Downspouts: Similar to your eaves, it is critical that your downspouts are clear of any debris. It is also important to check that your downspouts are pointing away from your home and there is a conduit for water to flow away from your home. Pooling water at the base of your home can damage the integrity of your foundation, increasing your risk of flooding. Consider investing in a tubular downspout extension or a gutter splash pad.

  • Grading: Check that the grading of your lot slopes away from your home, and not towards it. Gravity will undue a lot of the steps you've taken to prevent flooding if diverted water ends up making it's way back to the foundation of your home.

  • Sewer Lines: Sometimes pipes connecting homes to the main sewer lines can clog or disconnect due to old age, debris, tree roots and corrosion. When this happens, your worst nightmare can amplify as black sewer water can enter your home through the basement. To check if your sewer lines are not posing a risk, a sewer camera inspection is highly recommended on an annual basis if you own an older home or have pipes made of natural material (like copper pipes).

Ignorance is Not Bliss

If you notice any potential danger signs or something does not look right, it is important not to ignore it. Small issues like cracks or pooling water outside of your home can lead to costly headaches in the future. In the interest of your family’s health and the long-term value of your home, it’s imperative to take proactive steps. Our Setter Home Managers would be happy to help you with this.

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Until April 1st, mention the code SAFETYFIRST to your Home Manager to book a $99 Flooding Prevention Check (regular cost is $120).

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