Public Safety and Flood Ready

In simple terms, a flood is an overflow of water onto normally dry land. For homeowners, flooding is when a water overflow occurs inside the home, frequently in the basement. Flooding can also occur on the property around the home, and can be caused by weather or climate factors as well as drainage issues.

Taking steps to protect your home from flooding and knowing what actions to take in the event of a flood is crucial - to get started, fill out the questionnaire linked below to see how ready you are right now.

Home Flood Protection Checkup Questionnaire

Six Reasons You Need to be Flood Ready

Source: Government of Canada Website 1

Being Flood Ready can save money, properties and lives. The following are just a few of the reasons to make sure you're prepared for overland flooding events.

  1. Residential overland flooding, in general, is not covered by standard property insurance. Talk to your insurer about the types of water damage that are covered by your policy.
  2. If water got into your property during a previous flood, it could happen again – unless you take action.
  3. Many Canadians use finished basements as extra living space, which means that basements now have more furniture and expensive electronics that could be damaged by a flood.
  4. Floods can cause mould to grow, and this can have long-term health impacts on your family.
  5. Homes in older neighbourhoods are usually more vulnerable from overland flooding, but newer homes can also be at risk, especially homes built in flood-prone areas like ravines.
  6. Climate change is expected to continue to impact the amount and distribution of rain, snow, and ice and the risk of extreme weather events such as heavy rainfalls and related flooding.

Ways to Prepare Your Home from Flooding

Courtesy: Government of Canada Flood Ready Website 2

Many different areas of your home require special steps to be prepared in the event of the flood. Some of those include:

Inside the Home:

Outside Your Home:

Other Considerations:

Our team is here to help you get a complete picture of any home you’re considering buying and to make changes that can improve your home and make it more appealing to buyers if you’re selling. To learn more about how we can help you reach your real estate goals, contact us today.



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