Basement protection

Protecting your basement against floods can save you time, money, and stress in the future.

5 simple steps to protect your basement from flooding

Many people keep electronics, appliances, and furniture in basements. Protect your property by taking these quick steps to prevent basement floods:

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TEXT ON SCREEN: Flood Ready Preparedness: Basement Protection

Narrator: Preparing your basement for a flood can sound like a lot of work — but it's easier than you might think.

TEXT ON SCREEN: 5 simple steps you can take to protect your basement from flooding.

Narrator: Here are five simple steps you can take to protect your basement in the event of a flood.

TEXT ON SCREEN: 1. Check your sump pump

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Narrator: If you have a sump pump make sure it's working and has a battery backup in case the power goes out.

TEXT ON SCREEN: 2. Weather seal windows and doors

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Narrator: Use sealant around your windows and beneath ground-level doors to prevent water from getting in.

TEXT ON SCREEN: 3. Install flood barriers.

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Narrator: You should also install flood shields or barriers on your basement windows and doors. Don't worry about filling bags of sand yourself —flood barrier products are available at your local hardware store.

TEXT ON SCREEN: 4. Lift large appliances

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Narrator: If possible, raise any large appliances off the ground, above the potential floodwater level.

TEXT ON SCREEN: 5. Unblock basement drains

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Narrator: Take a look at your drains and make sure they aren't blocked or covered up.

Narrator: Taking actions to protect your basement from potential flood damage can be done in less than a day.

TEXT ON SCREEN:  Taking actions to protect your basement from potential flood damage can be done in less than a day.

Narrator:   Doing them now can save you time, money, and stress if there's a flood in the future.

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TEXT ON SCREEN: Don't wait for the water! Canada.ca/Flood-Ready

Narrator: Don't wait for the water. Find out how you can act now to prevent flood damage later.

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