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posted Mar 7, 2016, 11:14 AM by Wise Move Realty Inc. Brokerage   [ updated Mar 7, 2016, 11:19 AM ]
With the changing weather conditions and the snow starting to melt, be sure to keep your home flood free! Use these tips to reduce the risk of a flood around your home:

- Remove snow from around the foundation and clear the areas around window wells

- Clear eavestroughs and downspouts. Repair leaks and make sure water can flow off your roof and away from your foundation and basement windows towards the street or backyard

- Make sure your sump pump and/or back-flow valves are working properly before the snow begins to melt

- Clear drainage ditches and culverts of all debris to keep water flowing into sewers

- Wait until the possibility of frost has passed before re-opening valves to outside water hose connections to avoid pipes freezing and bursting

- Make sure the land around your home slopes away from the foundation

- Check that your sidewalks, patios, decks and driveway haven’t shifted to cause water to drain back towards your house.

- Take stock of the items in your basement and consider moving valuable items to a higher area

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