Spring is around the corner, but with the arrival of blue skies and butterflies also comes the threat of flooding. 

Rapidly melting snow and frequent rain, especially on still-frozen ground, can mean more water than your home can handle. Even if you live in an area with a low flood risk.

Here’s the good news: some simple preparation can significantly lower your chance of property damage. If you are able and it’s safe to do so, take these seven steps:

• Move snow away from your foundation and window wells.

• Remove debris from eaves, gutters and storm drains.

• Direct downspouts and/or downspout extensions away from your home.

• Re-open outside water valves only when overnight temperatures are consistently above freezing.

• Store valuables in waterproof containers and above basement level.

• Clear obstructions away from basement floor drains.

• Ensure that your sump pump, backup sump pump and/or backflow valves are working (if you have them).

• Boost your year-round flood resiliency

Here are a few extra steps that can improve a home’s wet-weather defense for the long term. If you’ve already made these upgrades, consider sharing this list with friends or family.

• Re-grade (away from the building) paved or landscaped areas that currently slope toward your home.

• Install a sump pump that has an automatic secondary backup.

• Install window wells around basement windows.

• Seal any cracks in your foundation walls and basement floors.

• Schedule an inspection by a licensed plumber to determine if you have sewer backflow prevention (if not, have it installed).

• Purchase a water damage alarm to serve as an early warning.

Get more details on how quickly water can enter your home, so you’ll know how to prevent damage before it happens: www.cooperators.ca/en/resources/stay-safe/water-damage-prevention

Contact us at 519-538-2226 for a review of your current coverages to make sure you are protected and to understand the difference from one policy to the next.