There are many things that a homeowner can do around their property to aid the drainage of stormwater or to protect the environment. Below is a list of a few things to consider. Should you require more information or suggestions please contact the City at 604-591-4011.
It is important as a property owner to realize that the stability of the slope on your property can be affected by a number of factors. There are several actions that property owners can take to help reduce the risk of slope failures and landslides. Click on the image to the left to learn more.
- Clean your foundation drains so that the rain water collected from your house and property can be directed out to the City storm sewer. These drains are pipes and can become blocked by such things as leaves, pine needles, silt, dirt or roots.
- Clear gutters & catch basins of leaves, garbage, other debris, or snow. to help prevent flooding in your neighbourhood.
- If you have an open ditch along your property, it is important to check that the ditch and culverts are clear to ensure proper drainage of stormwater.
- If your down pipes from your house are connected to a hole near the house foundation, your down pipes are likely connected to your perimeter drains. These down pipes take rainfall from your roof gutters to the perimeter drains around your house foundation. This can cause excessive flow to your foundation drains and result in flooding of your house. To prevent this, direct your home’s down pipes onto splash pads. This allows rainfall from your roof to soak into your lawn and garden.
- Ensure that household chemicals are properly stored in a location that will prevent accidental spills that will lead to a catch basin by the road. These catch basins lead into storm sewers which direct waters to local creeks and streams where aquatic life and fish may inhabit.
- Wash your vehicle on a pervious surface on your property (such as your lawn or paving stones) so that the soaps and materials that you are washing off your vehicle will not travel down your driveway and into a catch basin. Alternatively,ility your vehicle to a commerical car washing facility where all the wash water is properly collected.
- Monitor your vehicle for any fluid leaks, such as oil or antifreeze. These fluids may wash off the driveway or the roadway during the next storm event and deliver these chemicals into our local waterways.
- Should you decide to fertilize your lawn or garden be sure to use only the minimum amount required as any excess may wash out of the desired location and be collected in the rain water of the next storm event and delivered into our local waterways.
- Destroy or dispose of containers that collect and hold water (e.g. old tires, buckets, plastic sheeting, etc.)
- Clean bird baths regularly;
- Repair leaky plumbing and outside faucets;
- Clean out leaves and other debris blocking and holding water in roof gutters;
- Empty your pets' water dishes daily;
- Water lawns and gardens carefully to prevent water from standing for several days;
- Empty or cover swimming and wading pools when not in use.