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Prevent water damage: Tips for inside the home.

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.