Homeowner Responsibilities

There are many things you as a homeowner can do to protect your property from flooding by stormwater drainage.

No matter where you live your basement could be at risk of flooding. Why?

  • Heavy rain that falls over short periods of time can overwhelm storm and sewer systems.
  • Even if you haven’t had problems with flooding before, your home can still be at risk.
  • Clear eavestroughs, downspouts and catch basins of leaves and other debris that may keep water from draining.
  • Keep your drain system clean and in good repair.
  • Fix leaks in walls, floors, windows or foundations.
  • Check for moisture along the walls and floor. Fill and seal any visible cracks.
  • Make sure that no garbage, leaves, ice or other debris blocks storm sewer or catch basin grates on or near your property.

How can I protect my home from flooding?

  • Clear eavestroughs, downspouts and catch basins of leaves and other debris that may keep water from draining.
  • Keep your drain system clean and in good repair.
  • Fix leaks in walls, floors, windows or foundations.
  • Check for moisture along the walls and floor. Fill and seal any visible cracks.
  • Make sure that no garbage, leaves, ice or other debris blocks storm sewer or catch basin grates on or near your property.

What do I need to do during a flood?

Make sure your downspouts drain water about 1.2 metres (4 feet) away from basement walls. Ensure the water doesn’t drain onto your neighbours' properties.

Sand Bags for Residents

We can give you sand bags to help protect your property.

  • Pick them up from the Saanich Public Works Yard, 1040 McKenzie Avenue.
  • For residents only. 
  • Check in at the Public Works Yard for more information.

What do I need to do when the sewer or drains back up?

You, the homeowner, have several responsibilities.

  • You must determine where the blockage is located within the sewer connection. It doesn’t matter if it’s on private or public property.
  • Call a plumber right away.
  • If your plumber clearly identifies the blockage is on our side, contact Storm and Wastewater at 250-475-5597. The plumber must stay on site.
  • You must take the first steps to reduce damage to your property. Remove undamaged items from the area to prevent damages.