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Published on May 4th, 2017 | by Rael Tooch

Tips to Keep Your Home and Car Safe During Heavy Rain.

Spring showers may be good for our gardens, but excessive rain, like we are currently experiencing can be disastrous and costly. Over the next few days, there is going to be 40 to 70 mm of rain and to help prevent or at least reduce the chance of damage to your home and car,  we want to make sure you are prepared.

This extreme weather has cost Canadians nearly $10 billion in insurance claims since 1998. In fact, water-related events, such as flood, are now the most common type of natural disaster in Canada *.

Here are some tips to keep you safe and dry.

How to Prepare Your Home:

  • Extend downspouts so that rainwater flows away from your home.
  • Install flood shields on all basement windows above ground level.
  • Ensure the grading around your yard slopes away from your home.
  • In older homes, make sure you have a properly installed backflow valve to prevent sewage back up in your home. Backflow valves are designed to automatically close when they detect water trying to enter your home from the sewer, stopping potential water damage.
  • Review your insurance policy. Know what is and isn’t covered.

 When Driving in Heavy Rain:

  • Do not drive through standing water. Attempting to drive through flooded streets may cause your engine to stall, your brakes to fail and even result in severe damage if you try to restart the engine.
  • Even if the water appears shallow enough to drive through, don’t try it.
  • Plan your route to avoid low-lying areas if possible.
  • If you don’t have to drive, stay off the roads.

If you have an existing property policy with us and need to make a claim, please call +18776651222

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