Take action now to prevent water damage to your home
Above normal spring runoff may cause property damage in some parts of Saskatchewan
March 15, 2017
The spring melt is about to begin and some areas of the province are likely to experience above-normal levels of spring runoff in the coming days and weeks.
SGI CANADA encourages homeowners province-wide to take immediate steps to prevent unnecessary water damage to their homes. Last year, about 60 per cent of all SGI CANADA claims were related to water damage.
"Predictions are that the southeast corner of the province and the Hudson Bay area may see the biggest impacts. Homeowners may experience water damage, which can be expensive and frustrating," said SGI CANADA Chief Operating Officer Don Thompson. "But there are things you can and should do right now to prevent damage to your home."
SGI CANADA recommends all homeowners, especially those in areas where flooding is more likely, do the following:
- Make sure your sump pump is working properly. A malfunctioning sump pump can result in massive water damage.
- Direct downspouts away from the foundation and make sure gutters are free of debris, snow and ice.
- Shovel snow away from your foundation. Ensure your yard is properly graded so surface water flows away from the foundation of your home.
- Check that storm sewer grates in your neighbourhood are clear of debris.
A professionally-installed mainline sewer backwater valve can prevent sewage from backing up into your home. SGI CANADA recommends that homeowners consider investing in one.
View more information about preventing water damage to your home.
Homeowners should talk to their insurance brokers to see what is covered by their policy.