With this heavy rain we have been experiencing so far in Calgary this Spring, especially in the past day with flood emergency warnings in areas such as Canmore, High River, Black Diamond and more, we thought it would be an ideal time to provide our readers with tips to protect your home from being severely damaged by floods.
If your home is close to rivers and creeks, you will have to take preventative measures to try to mitigate the effects that potential flooding could have on your home. A good thing to know is the official flood level of your home. This is a measure of how high floodwaters can rise in the area where you live. You should be able to receive this information from your home insurance agent.
Here are 5 tips for preventing damage if it is flooding in your area in Canmore, Calgary, High River, Black Diamond and all other areas effected by the current severe weather in Alberta.
Protect Your In-home Electrical and Temperature Systems
Make sure your furnace, water heater and any other heavy indoor equipment are anchored or elevated so that they are above your home’s flood level. Raise all switches, circuit breakers, sockets and wiring so that they are not damaged by the flood.
Raise and Anchor Outdoor Equipment
Any outdoor machines of importance should be elevated and anchored above the flood waters outside if they already are not. This includes fuel tanks, air conditioning units, and generators. Anything with an electric power unit should never lay on the ground in the first place, this can be even more dangerous with a potential flood on its way.
Modify Water Valves
Ensure that you have interior or exterior backflow or better yet, a gate valve installed on all pipes that enter the house. Installing these valves will prevent a flooded sewer system from backing up sewage in to your home… Needless to say, you don’t want this to happen.
Figure Out How Water Flows Around Your Home
It is important to determine how water flows around your home. This will give you a good idea of how a flood might effect your home if one was to occur. By watching how water accumulates during a typical rainstorm, you will be able to tell whether or not your home is built so the water drains away from it. Ideally, you will not have a lot of standing water and it will indeed drain away.
Perform Last Minute Preventative Measures If Water Levels Rise
If you notice water levels rising around your home there a few preventative measures that are very important to carry out. Clean your gutters, downspots and drains to prevent them from being clogged and backing up with water. If you notice signs of water coming in to your basement and a potential flood starting, quickly move all furniture, electronics, and any other important belongings to an upper floor. If you are turning off the electricity, do so with a the electricity breaker panel.
Most importantly we hope that everyone effected by the severe weather and floods in Calgary, Canmore, High River, Black diamond and all the other effected Albertan areas stay safe. We hope that everyone stays safe and their homes stay protected from the flooding. If you can, stay away from rivers, creeks and if you find yourself in an emergency, don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1.
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