Spring is here, and you know what that means – flood season is upon us! This time of year, as the snow melts and the spring rain starts, everything outside becomes increasingly saturated with water. Take the recent flooding in Ottawa, for example. Flooding can have a devastating impact on your investment properties. Fortunately, as a landlord, you can help prevent water from entering the basement and damaging your rental home by implementing these flood avoidance and preventative techniques. Remember to enlist professionals to complete the following home safety improvements:
A window well is exactly what it sounds like – a well that is dug outside of your basement windows. The purpose of these wells is to prevent moisture from reaching your basement windows and to improve the overall drainage. For every window that you have below-grade, we recommend installing a well cover for an extra layer of protection.
You can also prevent water from seeping down through the soil by installing weeping tiles. Unlike window wells, weeping tiles are a bit of a misnomer, as they are not actually “tiles.” They are pipes containing small holes that get buried around the foundation to collect water underground and redirect it away from your home.
If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, installing a sump pump in your basement is essential. Without it, water that enters through a drain or the soil will end up in your basement. A sump pump will collect water in the sump pit and then push it out at a safe distance from your home.
Even small cracks in your foundation can allow water to seep into your basement. That’s why every spring and fall you should do a circle check of your home and have any cracks repaired. For even more protection, you can add a waterproof coating to your exterior walls to prevent water from entering.
Your eavestrough and downspouts do a great job of moving rainwater off your roof and away from your home. However, if your downspouts are filled with debris or are not positioned far enough from your foundation, you could end up with significant water damage. Be sure to clean these out often and direct the downspout as far from your property as possible.
What you plant around your home also matters. Certain types of vegetation can either facilitate or impede water from flowing towards your home. For instance, if you add plants and shrubbery around the perimeter, these can absorb some of the moisture before it reaches the foundation.
Sewers are a big issue. If the sewer system gets clogged with debris, there’s a good chance that the water will rise and flow back towards your property. It’s wise to inspect any sewer grates nearby and clear them of anything that could cause a backup.
If you don’t have the time, know-how or ability to manage your rental home – let us help! At Medallion Capital Group, we’re a full-service property management firm that can take care of your rental property or condominium corporation. Contact us today to learn how we can service you!