THORNHILL, ON, April 25 /CNW/ - Heavy rains are slated for the Greater
Toronto Area (GTA) over the next few days which could bring increased
flooding and water damage to your home — if you're not properly
CAA Insurance wants you to know that water damage caused by sudden,
heavy rains, which are becoming more and more frequent during the
spring and summer months, can be avoided through the following tips:
Install flood shields on all basement windows above ground level.
Extend downspouts so that rainwater flows away from your home.
Call your local city works department to see if your home is located in
a flood plain.
In older homes, ensure you have a properly installed backflow valve to
prevent sewage back up in your home.
Some older communities have shared sanitary and storm sewers which in
heavy rains can become overwhelmed with water.
"Having a properly installed backflow prevention valve can ensure your
home is protected from water damage, said Jay Woo, COO, CAA South
Central Ontario. Municipalities like Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa and
Peterborough offer subsidy programs for the installation of backflow
valves," he added.
Backflow valves are designed to automatically close when they detect
water trying to enter your home from the sewer, stopping potential
To determine what type of sewer system services your area contact your
local government office or website.
Learn more about how CAA Insurance can help protect your home at www.caasco.com/insurance
CAA South Central Ontario is a not-for-profit auto club offering
insurance, travel, automotive care and roadside services. There are
more than 1.8 million CAA members in South Central Ontario and 5
million members in Canada. We're more than Roadside Assistance. We're
SOURCE CAA South Central Ontario
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