Indoor Water Damage Prevention

  • Always use a licensed plumbing professional when installing an inline backwater valve to help prevent sewer backup. Speak with your municipality regarding any permits required or by-laws that may exist.
  • Install a sump pump to prevent ground water from entering your basement. Check the sump regularly to make sure it is functioning properly. If you choose to install an electric sump pump, consider installing a battery operated back up in the event of a power outage.
  • Install wire mesh or braided hoses on washing machines and dishwashers to protect from leakage or rupture.
  • Keep all your drains and toilets free of household grease and other foreign objects that can cause blockage.
  • Inquire with your municipality to see if they offer plumbing inspection services or a subsidy for installing a sump pump or backwater valve.

Outdoor Water Damage Prevention

  • Check your eavestroughs and downspouts twice a year to ensure that they are not blocked.
  • Downspouts should discharge at least 3 feet from the side of your home or business, directed away from your neighbour’s property.
  • Reach out to your municipality for approval, disconnect any downspouts that are connected to the sewer system.
  • Place window wells on basement windows at or near ground level.
  • Use a licensed professional when checking your weeping tiles in case they are damaged or blocked.
  • Older clay piping can get blocked with tree roots and water can get into your property. Consider having them replaced with metal, PVC or ABS pipes.