Every news station is covering it: Hurricane Sandy is a force to be reckoned with. New York has closed its subway, bridges and even the stock exchange!

 

Hurricane Sandy

While we might not have to deal with the brunt of the storm like our neighbors to the south, residents of Southern Ontario should prepare for record rainfall this week. With such high levels of precipitation, homeowners can help prevent water damage to their homes. 

 

Here are a few simple precautions to focus on:


Gutters - Ensure all gutters and downspouts are in good condition and discharge rain water at least six feet away from the house. Gutters are prone to leakage of the joints and seams. Missing end caps and poor connections to downspouts are other common sources of leakage. Homeowners should ensure that both gutters and downspouts are clear of debris especially with all the leaves that have fallen in recent weeks. For more information click here.

 

Grading - Remember, no foundation wall system is completely waterproof. Ensure all grading is sloped to direct water away from the house and foundation. Also, weeping tiles should be in place to funnel the water away from the house.

 

 

 


 
Window Wells - If you have window wells make sure they are clear of debris and in good condition. They are a common source of basement water leakage.

 
 

 

Sump Pumps-Check your pump motor with every change of season. Inspect the power source for wiring condition, and test the on/off mechanism to ensure that it clicks on when the float is elevated.

 

Sources indicate that more than 90% of homes will leak at some point - Make sure it's not your house this week!