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Water Damage Restoration: 5 Ways to Flood-Proof Your Residence

Prevent damage and be ready for a flood with our water damage restoration tips.

Prevent damage and be ready for a flood with our water damage restoration tips.

According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, the 2020 spring flood in Fort McMurray caused more than $228 million in insured damages. The result of an ice jam on the Athabasca River, the Fort McMurray flood was a wake-up call that it’s never too late to prepare your home for disasters such as flooding and water damage. Our Proserve DKI water damage restoration team is here to help by providing these 5 tips on reducing potential flood damage. Learn how to protect your belongings and prepare for insurance claims so you can stay safe and dry.


Improve Drainage on Your Property

If your property has a slight slope or if you notice rainwater pooling anywhere around your home, you may have a drainage issue. Our flood restoration experts recommend that you:

  • Clean your home’s drainage system (gutters and downspouts) of debris in spring and fall or if you notice icicles forming in winter
  • Install underground drainage pipes around your home or a dry well
  • Level off any slopes that direct rainwater or melting snow towards your house or building
  • Shovel snow away from your foundation
  • Clear your roof if the snowfall is more than 6 inches to prevent ice dams


Prepare Your Basement and Crawlspace

Basements and crawl spaces are usually the first places to be affected by floodwaters. You can lessen the need for water damage cleanup and sewer cleanup by installing sump pumps as well as a backflow preventer valve on your sewer pipes so that water and sewage don’t back up in your basement.

Another way to protect your basement from sudden floods is to keep sandbags or other barriers on hand. Set them back at least six metres away from the edge of the floodway.


Install a Back-up Power Source and Flood Sensors

Floods often come with power outages. Ensure your family is safe by having a back-up support system, such as battery-powered sump pumps and a portable generator on hand. Place flood sensors in vulnerable areas prone to water restoration.


Organize Your Belongings

If you live near water or in an area that is commonly impacted by high rain, snowfall, or storms, it is essential to organize your belongings so they sustain the least amount of water damage. Look for waterproof containers or store items up high such as on shelves, or look for out-of-the-area storage space. Things to protect:

  • Essential documents, including your home insurance policy
  • Heirlooms, antiques, artwork
  • Photographs and valuable books
  • Battery-operated flashlights and emergency equipment
  • Warm clothing, blankets
  • Dry goods
  • Flood preparedness emergency kit


Get Flood Insurance Protection

Make sure you are covered for an emergency as well as for sewer and flood cleanup services by investing in flood insurance as part of your household or tenants’ insurance policy.

If you experience a flood in your home:

  • Call your insurance company right away to start the claim process.
  • Contact a water damage restoration company such as Proserve DKI for emergency water damage cleanup services
  • Make a list of all items that have been damaged or destroyed and take photos if possible
  • Keep all receipts for flood cleanup, as well as accommodation and other expenses if you have been evacuated from home


For more information, read What Happens During Flood Restoration.

Proserve DKI works exclusively with several insurance companies in the Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo areas on various residential and commercial claims. Contact usfor 24/7, 356-day emergency disaster relief from floods, sewer back-ups, and other water damage.