Tips from a home inspector

Water damage is now the leading cause of property damage in Canada. Steps you can take to reduce the risks:

#1: install a sewer backwater valve to prevent backflow of sewage in to the house and free flow of air and outflow of sewage.

#2: locate laundry room in the basement

#3: extend downpipes away from the home

#4: slope lot so it drains water away from the foundation

#5: install rain water barrels to collect water run- off

*Source: Canadian Association of Property Inspectors