It’s been all over the media…Hurricane Sandy is coming to Toronto. With strong winds and rain in the forecast, there are some steps you can take to minimize its impact to your home.
Gutters and Downspouts
Make sure your gutters are free from leaves and other debris. If you’re a little shaky on a 12 foot high ladder, there are many companies that will do this for you for likely under $100 (I use White Shark). This is something you want to do in the fall anyway, to prepare for the winter weather. You will also want to check your downspouts. Make sure all the connections are still secure, as many elbows and extensions become disconnected over time. Use metal screws to secure the downspout and elbow together and ensure the water is being drained at least 6 feet away from your foundation. Home improvement stores have plastic extenders that can be easily installed. The majority of basement water penetration issues can be prevented by these easy steps.
If you have a sump pump in your home, make sure it still works! If you haven’t heard it turn on in a while, dump a bucket of water into the sump pit and make sure the pump ejects its.
If you have window wells around your basement windows, clean them out to allow for proper drainage.
Take a look at where you park your car. If there is a big ol’ tree above you, consider moving your car…as the tree will win. Perhaps it’s also a good time to put away your patio furniture for the winter.