How to Plan for a Basement Flood
Torrential rain in Toronto has been known to cause widespread pressure on the plumbing system and can become a destructive force in an instant. If you live in an area that has experienced basement flooding, it is important to plan ahead and know what to do in the event of an intense storm. Use these tips to prepare for flooding, weather the storm and clean up afterward:
Use the City of Toronto Flood Plain Map to research if your home is listed in a flood plain area. This tool is a great way to see if your home is at risk. Even if you haven’t experienced a basement flood, there is a high risk associated with living in a flood plain area.
If your home is at risk of basement flooding, the best line of defense is to have a backwater valve installed on your main drain. This device has the ability to stop sewage from backing up into your home when the City system becomes overwhelmed.
Right now most municipalities are offering rebates to help homeowner recoup the cost of installing these devices. Learn more here.
During a basement flood
Unexpected events such as basement flooding can happen without warning and be devastating if you are not protected with a backwater valve. In the lucky event you are home to see your basement start flooding, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself and your home. Start by removing any valuables in the area and check the weather. It is important to know if the weather is a factor and if so, how long the event will last. You can then let the City know that you are having a flood by calling 311.
If you have a pump on hand, plug it in and have it ejecting the water away from your house. You can also call in a plumber to help you set up a pump.
In the aftermath
A basement flood can feel very overwhelming, but if you take it one step at a time you will get through it. Depending on how much damage there is, calling your insurance company is your first step. They will advise you who to call about remediating the damage and your coverage.
To protect you, your home and your valuables from future basement floods, investigate installing a backwater valve.
At Trouble Shooters, our team has extensive knowledge helping our customers prevent floods and protecting their home. Call us today to learn more.