Save your home from water damage this spring

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 prepared.

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 water damage.

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

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 Life-side Assistance.

SOURCE CAA South Central Ontario

For further information:

Media contact: Jeff LeMoine, Internal/External PR Specialist,, Office: (905) 771-4709, Cell: (416) 254-0641, or Silvana Aceto, Media and PR Specialist, CAA SCO,, Office: (905) 771-3194, Cell: (416) 209-4930.

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