Heavy rain in the forecast is becoming more frequent as the spring season settles in.
And according to the 2011 Spring Outlook, most places could see above normal precipitation this year. That means there's the potential for more basement leaks throughout the season.
Lou Di Gironimo is the General Manager of Toronto Water. He says the best thing a homeowner can do to prevent a soggy basement, is to make yourself aware of the condition of your house.
“What we want homeowners to do is go around and inspect their basement walls, doors or windows. Check floors or foundations for any cracks where they may have noticed leaks coming in before.”
And for those who have installed flood proofing devices like sump pumps, it's always worth double checking that they are in proper working order.
There are also things you can do outside of your house to avoid any water seeping in.
“Make sure your eaves troughs are cleaned out and there's nothing blocking your downspout if it is disconnected. Check your window wells as well and make sure you don't have any leaks around your window wells,” warns Di Gironimo.
He adds you can even take it a step further and check out the catch basin near your home to make sure it's not blocked with debris.
When a steady storm system moves through, city crews are able to monitor the situation closely. It's usually when there's a heavy burst of rain in a short period of time that problems arise.
“It's like filling up the bathtub too quickly, it can't handle it then. But if you're filling it up slowly, you can continue to drain the system,” explains Di Gironimo.
Here is a list of things you can do to to flood proof your home:
If you experience a flood in your home:
“Even if you start to see the floor drain gurgling or the water rise, take precaution before a storm event comes...It's always better to deal with the problem before you end up with a flooded basement,” says Di Gironimo.