Protect your home from basement flooding

The record amount of rain in April and May (115 millimeters) has saturated the ground in Saskatoon, and increased the risk of basement flooding if more rain falls in the next few days. Older homes are especially vulnerable to basement seepage. Residents are reminded that flood prevention in their homes and yards is their responsibility, and that steps should be taken now to reduce the risk of a rainstorm flood in their basements.

Here are some steps that you can take to help reduce the risk of a flood in your home:

Extend downspouts at least 2 metres (6 feet) from the house foundation with a drop of 10 to 20 centimetres (4 to 8 inches) to your lawn or garden. Any water that falls onto saturated ground next to your house will likely find its way into your basement. Ensure that run-off from your roof is directed to your own front or back yard, and not to your side yard, a neighbour’s yard, a park, or directly to the street. Clean debris from your eavestroughs to prevent them from overflowing. Slope the soil around your foundation and window wells at least 2 metres away from your house, with a drop of 10 to 20 centimetres. Over time, the soil around most homes will settle and cause flat spots or depressions where water can accumulate, or worse – slope towards the house. Check all drainage paths on your property (many lots drain along the back property line or to the lane) and ensure they are graded properly and that they aren’t blocked or altered. Repair all leaks in walls, floors, windows and doors to help keep water from getting into your basement. If you have a sump pump and/or backwater valve(s), check to make sure they’re working. If you’re not sure what to look for or how to recognize them, contact a local plumbing company for assistance. A sump pit draining system collects water from the weeping tiles around the basement and pushes the water outside the house through a discharge pipe. To check if a sump pump is working, pour a pail of water into the pit. Ensure that the water pumps out at least two meters from your house. All homes built since January 1, 2004, have a sump pump, and other homes have been retrofitted with them. Note that sump pumps likely won’t operate during an electrical failure which could result in basement flooding. Limit indoor water usage during a rain storm. Sanitary sewers can overflow during a severe storm; therefore, limiting your water usage will lessen the load on these systems. When safe to do so, keep drainage paths and catch basins near your property free of debris. If you spot a problem, call the water and sewer trouble line at 975-2476 to report it.

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