TEXT ON SCREEN: Be Flood Ready: Roof and Window Protection
Narrator: Flooding is inevitable. Fortunately, a lot of the damage it can cause isn't — if you're prepared.
TEXT ON SCREEN: 6 quick steps you can take to help make your roof and windows flood ready.
Narrator: Here are six quick steps you can take to make your roof and windows flood ready:
TEXT ON SCREEN: 1. Clear eavestroughs and gutters
Animation of someone cleaning leaves out of a gutter.
Narrator: Check your eavestroughs and gutters for any debris. You should do this regularly — gutter gunk can build up quickly!
TEXT ON SCREEN: 2. Check for ice dams
Animation showing a gutter, which suddenly has ice appear on it. Then a ladder slides into frame, and pans down to show that the gutter is up high.
Narrator: You should also check for ice dams, or ice buildup, in the winter months. And don't forget about safety! Ask a friend or hire a professional for help if you're working up high.
TEXT ON SCREEN: 3. Extend your downspouts
The screen is split in two animations, both showing a downspout that is not extended far enough from the house. The downspout on the right extends, until an arrow appears showing that it is 2 metres away from the house.
Narrator: Make sure downspouts extend at least 2 metres from your home. If they don't, you can buy an extension kit at your local hardware store.
TEXT ON SCREEN: 4. Set up a rain barrel
Animation showing water coming out of a downspout into a rain barrel.
Narrator: You can also set up a rain barrel to catch any runoff from your roof.
TEXT ON SCREEN: 5. Weather seal windows and doors
Animation of someone sealing a window.
Narrator: To prevent water from getting in, use sealant around all windows and beneath any ground-level doors.
TEXT ON SCREEN: 6. Install flood barriers
Animation of flood barriers being dropped into place in front of a house.
Narrator: You should add flood shields or barriers to basement windows and doors, too. Your roofs and windows can do a lot to protect you from the elements — if they're ready for it.
TEXT ON SCREEN: Taking simple steps now can save you time, money, and stress if there's a flood in your future.
Narrator: Taking simple steps now can save you time, money, and stress if there's a flood in your future.
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.