You can pick up sandbags from our City yards at 960 Thomas Avenue to protect your home from snow melt beginning Monday, April 10.
As winter melts away, homeowners need to protect their basement from potential flooding caused by melting snow and ice. Failure to prepare your home can result in water damage, which can lead to structural damage, mold growth, and other issues.
The City of Winnipeg advises residents to protect their homes by clearing snow away from their foundation and removing snow from window wells. Homes that are not protected by a backwater valve or sump pit drainage system are at greater risk of basement flooding. If you have a backwater valve and sump pit drainage system, make sure to check and maintain them regularly.
If your home is on a hill or grade, shovel snow so that it doesn’t roll towards your home when it melts. Ensure melting snow flows away from your home, instead of towards it, by keeping drainage areas around your home clear of snow and ice build-up. Inspect basement walls for cracks and caulking around windows, making repairs as necessary to prevent water from entering your basement.
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