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Protect your home against Hurricane Sandy

Preparing your house for heavy rainfall can prevent water damage

Every news station has covered it: Hurricane Sandy is a force to be reckoned with. New York has closed its subway and even the stock exchange! While we might not have to deal with the brunt of the storm like our neighbors to the south, residents of Southern Ontario should prepare for record rainfall this week. With such high levels of precipitation, homeowners can help prevent water damage to their homes by taking a few simple precautions that focus on:

Gutters - Ensure all gutters and downspouts are in good condition and discharge rain water at least six feet away from the house. Gutters are prone to leakage of the joints and seams. Missing end caps and poor connections to downspouts are other common sources of leakage. Homeowners should ensure that both gutters and downspouts are clear of debris especially with all the leaves that have fallen in recent weeks.

Grading - Remember, no foundation wall system is completely waterproof. Ensure all grading is sloped to direct water away from the house and foundation.

Window Wells - If you have window wells make sure they are clear of debris and in good condition. They are a common source of basement water leakage.

More than 90% of homes will leak at some point - make sure it's not your house this week!



Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 02:18PM by Registered CommenterElaine in , | CommentsPost a Comment

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