SGI sharing tips to keep home and possessions safe as spring melt is underway

Now that the snow is melting, SGI has released tips to ensure your property and possessions are protected from water damage.

Tips include:

  • Rake remaining snow off your roof.
  • Check your eavestroughs and gutters for signs of ice dams and/or remove debris that could slow the flow of water.
  • Shovel snow away from the foundation of your home.
  • Check the grading in the yard to see that it is sloping away from the foundation, allowing melt water to lead away from your home.
  • Extend your downspouts away from the home by at least two meters.
  • Check your backwater prevention valve on the main line of your sewer, if your home has one – is it in working condition?
  • Check on your sump pump and pit to make sure everything is in good condition and ready for melt water.
  • Check your basement regularly for signs of water.
  • Check that storm sewer grates in your neighbourhood are clear of debris.
  • Items stored in your basement should not sit directly on your basement floor and plastic watertight containers would help protect your items from water damage.
  • Don’t store irreplaceable or valuable items in your basement.

SGI Spokesman Tyler McMurchy says at this point, they have not seen a significant number of claims – 21 over the past week compared to 10 the previous week.

More tips can be found on SGI’s website.

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