Things you can do Inside your home to keep water out:
• Install backwater valves on the main line to the sewer line – the valve will automatically close if sewage backs up from the main sewer, preventing it from entering your home.
• Consider investing in a sump pump — it collects water from the weeping tiles around your basement and discharges the water outside the house through a pipe. Make sure the pipe extends at least 6 feet (1.8 metres)
away from your house and that the sump pump has a reliable backup power source (battery or generator) in the event of a power outage. Don’t forget to replace the batteries every 2-3 years.
• Inspect pipes and hot water tanks and replace them at the first signs of rust or corrosion.
• Consider a tankless water heater. No tank means a reduced chance of a leak damaging your home and belongings.
• Insulate pipes that are next to exterior walls to prevent them from freezing.
• Be aware of signs that indicate your pipes or plumbing may be leaking — look for condensation around pipes, watch for stains on walls or ceilings and be alert to musty smells.
• Keep appliances like your fridge and washing machine in good condition and replace when showing signs of age — avoid running washing machines and dishwashers when no one is home.
• Inspect hoses every 6 months and replace any with kinks (always leave 3 to 4 inches at the back of the appliance to prevent crimping). Replace plastic connection lines on appliances (including toilets) with CSA-approved steelbraided hoses.
• Arrange to have someone check your property daily if you are going to be away from home.