CK Engineering Tips To Avoided Flooded Basements


A few tips from Chatham-Kent’s engineering department to try and avoid ending up with a flooded basement.

Flooding in downtown Chatham, February 2018. Photo courtesy of Robyn Brady.

Officials say with the frequency and severity of major weather systems increasing, efforts by the municipality to improve the under ground sewer system is not enough. They are asking homeowners to help out as well.

That includes making sure your eavestroughs and downspouts aren’t clogged by leaves and debris; make sure your downspout empties onto a lawn or garden, and not your driveway; and seal any cracks in foundation walls or basement floors.

Officials also suggest reducing your home water usage during significant rainfall events, and ensuring you don’t clog your drains by dumping grease, fats, and oils down the sink.