Mar 18, 2021 7 tips to protect your home from basement flooding

With the climate changing and weather patterns more unpredictable than ever, flooding has become the primary concern for water damage in household basements. The potential for flooding with recent spring thaws continues to be a growing concern, with constant reports indicating higher than usual flood risks year over year. According to a report by the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, basement flooding is on the rise all across Canada. Their findings reveal that 1.7 million Canadian households are exposed to some sort of flooding risk. This is expected to result in billions of dollars of losses, with an average price tag of $43,000 per flooded basement. “More often than not, basement flooding is a result of overland flooding, infiltration…

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Sep 17, 2019 Sump Pump 101

When it comes to preventing flooding in your home, sump pumps are among the most valuable tools at your disposal, especially during heavy rainfalls or snowmelt season. Learn how sump pumps work and how you can keep yours flowing smoothly all year long.

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Sep 6, 2019 How To Prevent Flood Damage in Your Home

When water ends up where it doesn’t belong, it can do a good deal of damage — but many homeowners don’t think about preventing water damage until it’s too late. Take these 10 steps to help prevent damage to your home before it happens: 1. Seal cracks in your foundation walls and basement floors. This is a simple way to help reduce the risk of basement water damage. In most cases, existing cracks can be sealed from the inside of your home without having to dig around your foundation. 2. Install window wells and covers. Window wells, or wells dug outside a below-grade window, are typically reinforced with galvanized steel or polyethylene shields that support the earth and block debris and moisture from reaching your basement windows.

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Jun 19, 2019 How to Prepare for More Severe Weather

It’s no secret that climate change is leading to more frequent and more severe weather events and catastrophes around the world. Here in Canada, some of the most obvious examples include an increase in wildfires, more extreme heatwaves, and flooding. Consider these tips to make sure you’re prepared to protect your home in case of a major weather event in your neighbourhood.   Get the coverage you need before you need it Insurance, in a nutshell, is planning for the worst and hoping that it never happens. When clear skies are in the forecast, reviewing your insurance policy might not be top of mind, but it’s essential that you have the right coverage in place before the worst happens. This means reviewing your policy to make sure…

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Mar 12, 2019 Does Insurance Cover Flooding? Is it Considered an Act of God?

I asked  Twitter if anyone had real estate questions that they would like answered.  One question was:  “What is covered and what is not covered when it comes to insurance and flooding… and what is considered an Act of God.” I am not an Insurance Broker, so I reached out to the Insurance experts at Rhodes & Williams Insurance Brokers, and here’s their response in full! (Thanks, Brian!) Peggy Blair Sales Representative Royal LePage Team Realty ___________________________________ Hi Peggy, and thanks for reaching out with this question from your readers. It is very important for homeowners and tenants to fully understand their home insurance coverage. With changing extreme weather patterns, questions around flooding is a common question these days. So, what is covered…

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May 9, 2017 What to Do If You Have Been Affected by Flooding in Ottawa and the Surrounding Areas

updated Apr 26, 2019 Flooding – What do I do? If your property is at risk call 3-1-1. If it is an emergency situation, call 9-1-1. In a situation where residents in low-lying areas along the Ottawa River receive notification of, or see potential flooding, flood damage can be reduced by taking these preventative steps: Move valuables and important documents out of the basement Ensure sump pumps and foundation drains are connected and functioning properly Ensure downspouts or water run-off are flowing to water drainage systems If you live in or near a flooded area, your well water could be contaminated by surface flood water If you think flood water has infiltrated your well or septic tiles, don’t use tap water or the…

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