How to Protect Your Basement From Flooding
The warmth may have finally arrived in the GTA, but so has the rain. With heavy rain comes the risk of basement flooding, and Toronto homes are particularly at risk. A flooded basement can be costly, not to mention it can reflect poorly when it comes time to sell. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to protect your home!
Prevention from the Outside
Spring and summer are the perfect seasons to inspect your home’s exterior to see if winter left any lasting damage. Here are a few key things to look for in order to keep water from seeping into your basement.
- Cracks: If you see any cracks on your foundation, windows, or window wells, be sure to seal them properly. If there are deep cracks on the foundation you may want to bring in a professional to ensure there is no structural damage
- Gutters: Gutters, eavestroughs, and downspouts are what keep water from pooling around your home and direct it to a safer location. Make sure they’re clear of any debris and leaves that could prevent drainage.
- Downspout: In addition to clearing out your home’s downspout, make sure that it is directing water away from your home. When water pools against your foundation it can corrode it, causing water to flood your basement. Ideally, your downspout should drain water at least two meters away from your foundation.
- Grading: Grading refers to the slope of the landscaping. In order to prevent water from pooling around your home, you want your land graded so that it slopes away.
- Green: Landscaping your Toronto home can often feel like a thankless job. No sooner are you done than winter hits ruing your hard work. But greenery is more than pretty it serves a practical purpose. Plants, shrubs, and trees help absorb rainwater!
Prevention from Inside
In addition to addressing issues outside the home, there are a few things homeowners can do inside to ensure their basement stays safe and dry.
- Sump pump: If you recently bought a home, make sure you understand how a home’s sump pump works. A sump pump is a pump that removes water from a basin found in the basement and keeps water from pooling. Make sure you regularly check on it to see if it’s working and to get it serviced if it’s not!
- Cracks: Even the best plumbing system can wear down and crack. It’s a good idea to get the plumbing in your home regularly services, and if you notice any leaks or cracks address them immediately.
- Clogs: Clogged pipes can cause leaks, so it’s a good idea to avoid creating them. Avoid flushing cloggable items like Q-tips, floss, and wipes. Don’t pour fats, grease, or oil down the drains.
Whether you’re well settled in your Toronto home, or just purchased it, be sure to take care of it during this rainy season. Regularly inspect your home’s exterior and interior to see if any water is getting in. Address any issues you find as soon as possible! If you’re looking to buy or sell a Richmond Hill home, contact one of our real estate agents today!