If this old expression holds true - and judging by the sudden onslaught of snow in certain regions across the province, it does indeed seem to be accurate – then March could well close out with warmer, milder days characterized by rainstorms and… lots of flooding.
Tips to keep you warm and dry:
Prevent basement flooding - and reduce the negative effects of flood damage - with a few simple changes around the home:
- Slope ground away from the foundation to allow rainwater and melting snow runoff to flow away from the home.
- Seal window wells and cracks in floors, walls and the foundation.
- Downspouts, long forgotten over the cold dry winter, should be directed away from the structure and foundation by at least 1.2 metres. Downspouts should never be embedded in the ground, or connected to the sewer system or footing drains.
- Ensure footing drains direct water to a storm sewer or sump pump, away from the foundation. Footing drains should not be connected to the sanitary sewer system.
- Ensure the sump pump is connected to the storm sewer system or empties onto the lawn at least 1.2 metres from the foundation wall.
- Ensure water run-off on the property is flowing to the ground surface or storm drainage system, not the sanitary system.
- Install protective plumbing devices (such as backwater valves) that protect against sewer backups, and inspect them regularly.
- Seal and tighten cleanout caps and backwater valve caps.
- Ensure service pipes between the municipal sewer line and the house are in good operating condition.
- Do not keep valuables or important documents in the basement; otherwise protect them in water tight or water resistant containers.
- Prepare an emergency survival kitthat includes food, water and medical supplies in an easy-to-carry container. Pack a battery-powered radio and spare batteries, as well as the following items:
- Flashlight with spare batteries
- Warm clothing, including waterproof outer garments and footwear
- All necessary medications
- Infant care items
- Personal toiletries
- Identification for each member of the household
- Important personal and family documents