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Quick Tips to Prevent Spring Thaw Flooding

Posted Mar 26th, 2018 in Media, General, Insurance Tips, Home Insurance, Did You Know?, In the News

Since spring is here, it’s important we prepare for the potential flooding that comes with spring flaw. The last thing you need to deal with is water damage in your home.

Quick Tips to Prevent Spring Thaw Flooding, Youngs Insurance, Ontario

It’s spring, even though it doesn’t necessarily feel like it. Regardless, the temperature has started to warm causing the snow to melt.  Melting snow can lead to a great deal of water damage in your home.

Five tips to prevent water damage from spring flooding

Create a path for water to move away from your home

It’s really important that melting snow drains away from your house so be sure to create a path to the water and remove any obstructions.

Pile the snow in safe places while shoveling

When you are shoveling your driveway, take necessary steps to remove snow away from the home foundation and windows, as neglecting to do so could cause flooding and damage.

Protect your valuables that could be comprised due to flooding

If you keep valuable items in the basement, move them from the floor during major thaws so they won’t be damaged in case of flooding or leakage.

Help water drain properly

Remove all debris from your downspouts and gutters so water can properly drain.  It’s also beneficial to clean debris from the catch basins on the road so that water can drain into the sewer.

Have a backup plan

You can install a sewer backwater valve – this will help minimize the amount of water that could potentially enter your home through the floor drain causing flooding and damage.

As you start your spring cleaning and preparation for the spring thaw we hope these quick tips help prevent flooding and water damage.

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