Tips for Clients
Send your clients the following tips to help them mitigate water and fire damage within their home.
Ways To Mitigate Water
- Check your eavestroughs and downspouts to ensure they are not blocked.
- Downspouts should discharge at least 3 feet from the side of the home
- Disconnect any downspouts that are connected to the sewer system.
- Install window wells on basement windows at or near ground level.
- Install a backwater valve.
- Install a sump pump.
- Have a licensed professional check your weeping tiles in case they are damaged or blocked.
- Older clay piping can get blocked with tree roots and water can get into your home. Consider having them replaced with metal, PVC or ABS pipes.
- Keep your drains and toilets free of grease and other foreign objects that can cause blockage.
Ways To Mitigate Fire
The provincial, territorial and federal governments rallied together to create a program called Firesmart, intended to help mitigate the risk of fire damage from a wildfire. The program shows how homeowners can implement certain changes to their home in order to reduce the risk:
- Ensuring the roof is made out of material that cannot burn, which can help reduce the risk of flying embers catching fire.
- Cleaning up debris on the roof.
- Do not plant trees within 10 metres of the home.
- Keep the lawn healthy and green.
- Within the subsequent 10 metres, ensure trees are trimmed and healthy.
© Copyright 2010 Rogers Publishing Ltd. This article first appeared in the May 2010 edition of Canadian Insurance Top Broker magazine.