I’m glad to see Calgary steadily recovering from the biggest flood we’ve ever had, and I take my hat off to fellow Calgarians who went out of their way to help friends and even total strangers. While we’re all hoping this devastation will not happen again, we’ve had some really bad rainstorms lately so it’s still best to keep our homes ready even for just heavy rains. Here are my top 3 tips for doing that.
Clean up your drainages and eavestroughs at least three times a year.
Maybe I’m crazy as I know most people clean their drainages and eavestroughs only once a year, but there are lots of trees around my house, so I clean them three times a year – in spring, summer and fall. That should tip you off that I enjoy being a handyman; but if you know me well, you’d raise an eyebrow as life as a real estate agent doesn’t leave me a lot of time to spend in the ‘gutter,’ so to speak. But I do like to save a few dollars by doing the cleaning myself. If you like to poke around the house, that’s great, but thankfully, the professionals aren’t too far away. They’ll make sure your drainage is clean and free from gunk and other obstructions, and they’ll check your downspouts and drains to make sure they’re pointing away from your house.
Get a water alarm system.
Water damage can be costly. According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, at least $140 million is spent on insurance claims by owners of homes that had been seriously damaged by water. And the climate is not always to blame. In most cases, flooding in the house interiors, like the basement, is due to poor plumbing and leaky roofs. (That’s why my first tip to you is to clean your drainages and eavestroughs.) A water alarm system (check out http://www.homedepot.ca/product/water-alarm/925817) could help you detect leaks and basement flooding. Try to spare a few bucks to have a water alarm system installed, and save yourself from more costly damages in the future.
Keep your valuables off the basement floor.
Better yet, store your water-perishable items in a high, waterproof area in your home. You wouldn’t want to get your cherished mementos and old family photos all soaked up, would you? For items that really need to be stored in the basement, large plastic boxes will be useful. And this one could be a bit tricky but well worth the effort: keep electric outlets and appliances well above the floor to prevent damage and worse, electrocution.
Remember that all it takes to keep your home safe from water damage is to be vigilant about routine maintenance. But you know what? Writing this blog has made me wonder if I’m getting a bit zany and too worked up about cleaning my roof. Maybe next year, I’ll clean it up only twice.
Would you like a stress-free real estate experience? If you or someone you know is looking to buy or sell in the next few months, call me today at 403-259-4141 and I’ll put you and your needs first.
About Brad Willson
For nearly a decade, Brad has been a hardworking Calgary real estate agent with RE/MAX and specializes in residential real estate and working with investors. He prides himself on making transactions smooth for buyers and sellers and continually expands his knowledge of the industry. Brad is one of the few Certified Condominium Specialists in the Calgary area. His level of professionalism has also brought him recognition as an awardee in the Calgary Real Estate Board Million Dollar Club, a member of the RE/MAX 100% Club, and a recipient of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award. He originally hails from Penticton, British Columbia and moved to Calgary from Edmonton in 1990 with his wife Bette and their two children. Prior to his becoming a realtor, he was the General Manager of one of Western Canada’s larger digital print companies with multiple locations. When Brad isn’t busy selling Calgary real estate, he is usually making plans for his annual vacation trek to Central America.