Posted by Tim Stobbs on March 27, 2013
Well if you have been wondering why you haven’t heard much from me lately…I’ve been busy trying to prevent my house from getting flooded. Flood?!? In Regina?!?
Here is the latest flood forecast for SK, notice the big red dot in the south that says ‘very high.’ In the center of that area is Regina. So in reality it won’t take much to cause a flood here after all we did break a record for snowfall this year with over six feet of the white stuff (snow, not the other white stuff). So right now there is a whole lot of people trying to move snow away from our house foundations and praying for a slow melt and little rain for the next month or so.
Moving snow and chipping ice of my roof trying to prevent ice dams has largely where I’ve been spending my free time for the last week or so. Why the sudden rush? It’s been driven by the forecast, with Easter is just around the corner so is the first longer period of positive high temperatures for daytime highs. Yes, I’ve spent most of March in freezing temperatures, and yes it sucked (moving on before I rant).
As you can imagine with six feet of snow I have some impressive banks of snow around my house that I’m trying to move away from the foundation is well interesting. After all the snow piles everywhere in my yard are huge, so moving the snow really means breaking up the ice layers in the snow then shoveling the snow into areas which should drain better. It’s also like a geology lesson on our storms during the last winter as the snow has four or five layers to it with different density and hardness. Ironically the easy stuff to shovel is at the bottom.
But don’t you have insurance in the event your basement does flood? Well yes, but just because I have insurance for my house in case it burns to the ground doesn’t mean I want to set my house on fire to actually use it! I rather put in some time now in prevention than deal with a bigger mess down the road. After all, to remind me of this fact our neighbour had a burst pipe this winter and came back from vacation with 10 inches of water in their basement. Ick, what a mess.
So have you ever had to use your insurance for a big clean up? What was the cause and would you did you do to prevent it?