April showers could potentially cause imminent risk for property owners, residents and businesses.
Localized flooding is quickly becoming a top concern for Canadians, said Regional Vice Presidents, Prairies, FirstOnSite Restoration Jamie Mackie.
“Water damage, mould, and property loss are only some of the devastating outcomes when property owners are unprepared, or unsure of how to deal with the after-effects of a flood,” Mackie said.
The weather has elevated the incidence and cost of flooding, Mackie added, which is the costliest type of property damage.
“It poses a serious threat to building structures, interior furnishings, important documents, and prized belongings,” Mackie said.
“The stakes for property owners and residents are at an all-time high,” he added.
However, residents can take preventive measures to ensure their homes, properties, and businesses are safe from flood damage.
Such as waterproofing basements, by filling in any cracks in the foundation, putting weather sealant around windows, and installing flood shields or barriers for windows and doors.
Clearing snow from roofs, along with removing debris from roofs and eavestroughs, in order to drain correctly and ensuring downspouts are extended at least six feet from basement walls, and neighbouring properties.
Property owners are advised to also raise any large appliances, electrical panels and heating systems from the floor, while anchoring furnaces and water heaters to the floor.
It’s essential that property owners ensure basement drains are not blocked or covered while making sure all basement pumps are working, and backflow valves are installed.
As most flooding occurs in basements, before significant snow melts, or heavy rain, it’s crucial property owners, and residents move any valuables from the floor to avoid damaging belongings.
Property owners should also talk to their insurance agent regarding flood insurance.
Most people do not properly understand their insurance coverage. It’s important people know their insurance broker, and what the insurance covers ahead of a flood before it’s too late, Mackie said.
Lastly, Mackie added, property owners and residents should stay updated on weather changes in the area, to ensure they are ready before the storm hits.
“Preparation is key. Don’t wait until the next disaster.
“If the flood does occur, safety comes first. We tend to put our material goods before our safety,” Mackie said.
He added a necessary risk assessment should be done first. If water is around electrical panels or a basement is filled with water don’t enter.