Flooding / Guides

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...flooding, it also depends on your budget, whether your basement is finished, and your comfort level. If your basement isn’t finished, isn’t at great risk of flooding and your sump pump is rarely activated, a back up battery may not be something you want to invest in. If the water table is high where your home is and ...

Smart sewage backup device
Plumbing and water heaters

Sewage backup flood prevention and water leak notification on your device - our products of the month

...flooding from appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers and water heaters. As soon as a water leak occurs, the detector relays the signal to the control unit, and in less than one second, the control unit triggers the closing of an electronic valve installed on the water source. An intelligent system: • No...

Flooded streets impervious surfaces - Calgary Alberta
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Rainwater management and water-permeable surfaces

...flooding. We know many coastal cities are already at risk of flooding due to rising sea levels and increased storm surges; obviously this is made much worse if such a city is dropping at the same time. And the numbers are more significant that most would imagine. During the recent California drought, depleting ground...

Future proof your home by preparing and building to for climate change
Planning and Design

Homes built for Climate Disruptions: A Primer for Home Owners and Buyers

...flooding. How to avoid basement flooding Are you buying a basement or a bathtub? The first thing to consider is something buyers usually ignore; are you buying a home in a flood zone? Is there a history of flooding in your neighborhood? Consider this the best way to avoid basement flooding - to not buy or build in ...

As our climate adapts to human carbon emissions, homes have to change
Lifestyle and environment

Changing homes in a changing climate

...flooding of basements. Backups often happen when there is excessive rain or flooding, as the sewers become overloaded. After the 2005 floods, the city of Toronto made the inclusion of sewer check valves on new homes mandatory. Now with flooding this year in Brampton and Mississauga, those areas are considering the sa...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...flooding: There are a few factors that will affect risk here - soil type, topography, landscape design, overhangs, and eavestroughs to name a few. Look for any stains on basement flooring and the base of the walls that could indicate previous flooding, and ask owners about it. By law they cannot lie to you if it has ha...

Real estate

Real estate

...flooding Stay away from flood plains Backyard privacy and greenery Sun exposure: for interior quality of life, also for a garden if that's your thing. Community: do you like the neighbours and the area? Is it a kid friendly neighbourhood? (this is good to know whether you like kids or not) How to recogniz...

Green homes climate change
Lifestyle and environment

Green buildings are better situated to handle climate extremes

...flooding from Hurricane Irene and even an earthquake on the East Coast, it is important that we develop and enforce safe and sustainable building codes to make our communities more resilient, and to protect lives and property in times of disaster. Green building practices, resiliency of our communities and emergency ma...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...flooding: When do you get power outages? Most often they are caused by severe storms with heavy rainfall, when wind can drop branches on power lines and cause failures. Is your house at risk of flooding and do you have a sump pump? Will it be able to function when the power is out? PV panels can ensure that they will...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...flooding. • A slab on grade with a frost-protection skirt designed for its specific climate will not heave. • EPS foam with parging on it or an exterior cement board will dissuade termites in low to moderate risk areas. In high risk areas additional protection can be required by code, and having said that – a termi...

Choosing a home and neighbourhood
Real estate

Shopping for a home? Some tips for finding the right house and neighbourhood

...flooding Stay away from flood plains Backyard privacy and greenery Sun exposure: For interior quality of life, also for a garden if that's your thing. Community: Do you like the neighbours and community? Is it kid friendly? (this is good to know, even if you hate kids) How to recognize a valuable home: ...