Protect your home and property from flooding

Wow that sure was a wet few days we just had here in BC. We hope that you and your home were able to stay dry. This is a good time to think about the next time we may experience flooding and what you can do to prepare.There are simple steps you can take in and around your home and property to help prevent flood damage.

  • Store valuables and important items or documents in water-tight containers or in higher places, like on a tall shelf or upper floor

  • Clean your gutters regularly

  • Keep nearby storm drains clear of debris

  • Raise large appliances, furnaces, hot water heaters, and electrical panels onto wood or cement blocks above the potential water level (if an item can’t be raised, consider anchoring it and protecting it with a floodwall or shield)

  • Install backflow valves on basement floor drains, washing machine drains, toilets and sink drains

  • Install a sump pump

  • Make sure your gutters’ downspouts extend at least 2 metres from your basement wall. Water should drain away from your property and neighbouring properties


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