Severe Weather TornadoProtect your home and yourself from severe weather damage.  To reduce your risk of water damage during a severe downpour, have your shingles checked to ensure their continued viability, clean your eaves and ensure your downspouts are at least 4 to 6 feet away from your home. Install a sump pump with battery back up and a main line backwater valve to reduce the chance of basement flooding.

Have an emergency preparedness kit on hand and a plan prepared.

For more information on severe weather and how to protect yourself and your home visit the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction Website


Basement flooding is on the rise for homeowners across Canada, often occurring without warning.

The following tips can help prevent future flood damage to your basement

  • Avoid storing items directly on basement floors.
  • Ensure downspouts are not connected to the weeping tile and are directed away from your home.
  • Install a mainline backwater valve to protect all basement plumbing, including the catch basin.
  • Make sure your backwater valve is maintained and cleaned on a regular basis.
  • Select the right sump pump for your home by ensuring the motor is large enough to support it.
  • Ensure your sump pump has its own outlet and circuit breaker, as well as a battery backup in the event of a power failure.
  • Consider installing a warning device to signal water build-up in your sump pump.

Contact Turnbull Whitaker Insurance to discuss preventative tips and discounts that may be available to you.

Additional Resources

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction