Landscaping and Drainage

Flood Zones Nova Scotia

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PREVENTING MOISTURE INTRUSION II

Flood Zones Nova Scotia

Check with local authorities to determine if your home is in a flood-risk zone. If it is, check with local building officials. Higher standards than those set by national agencies have been adopted by many communities.

The NSCC(Nova Scotia Community College) and AGRG(Applied Geomatics Research Group) have developed a web tool that can predict coastal flooding in Nova Scotia down to the metre.

Link below to access the tool.
http://agrgims.cogs.nscc.ca/CoastalFlooding/map/

Link below to access documentation on how to use the tool.
http://agrgims.cogs.nscc.ca/CoastalFlooding/docs/UserDocumentation_final.pdf

Improperly designed grading and drainage may aggravate flood hazards to buildings and cause runoff, soil erosion and sedimentation in the zones of lower flood risk. In these locations, local agencies may regulate building elevations above street or sewer levels.

Floodplain maps help to identify areas that may be at risk of flooding during severe storms. Flood maps are critical tools for informing communities about their flood risk and supporting flood management discussions that involve the public.

Providing communities with floodplain maps that accurately reflect flood hazards can help people make informed decisions about flood and emergency preparedness such as evacuation plans, flood-proofing property measures and insurance needs.

More Resources.

Government of Canada Emergency Preparedness Guide
https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/yprprdnssgd/index-en.aspx

Insurance Bureau of Canada – Water Disaster, Know What’s Covered
http://www.ibc.ca/on/disaster/water

Flood Maps – All of Canada
http://floodsmartcanada.ca/floodplain-maps/

Nova Scotia Flood Event Database 1992 to 2015
http://nsfloodhistory.management.dal.ca/

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Landscaping and Drainage

How To Prevent Moisture Intrusion

Welcome to the Homeowner’s Newsletter! Bi-weekly, you’ll find plenty of useful information for keeping your house in great condition so that you can enjoy it for years to come. Preserve your investment—and keep your family safe and healthy—by maintaining your home using the following tips.

PREVENTING MOISTURE INTRUSION I

Monitor the Exterior 

Planters:  Check any planting beds adjacent to the foundation of your house because planters are built in a way that traps water, which may infiltrate hidden areas of your home. The structure around the planting beds acts like a dam and traps water. Flower planters should never be installed up against a house’s exterior wall.

Puddles:  Puddles and areas of standing water are not good. The ground surface beneath decks, porches and other parts of a house that are supported by posts or cantilevered structures should be checked, especially if you have a sprinkler system. The ground should not have any low-lying areas but should be sloped so that water will not collect and puddle there. Settled backfill allows water to collect next to the foundation wall and penetrate the house’s foundation.

Gutters & Downspouts:  Downspouts may need adjustment. Water from the roof reaches the ground through gutters and downspouts or by flowing directly off roof edges. Because downspouts create concentrated sources of water in the landscape, where they discharge is important. Downspouts should not discharge where water will flow directly onto or over a walkway, driveway or stairs. The downspouts on a hillside home should discharge on the downhill-side of the building. The force of water leaving a downspout is sometimes great enough to damage the adjacent ground, so some protection at grade, such as a splash block or a paved drainage chute, is needed. In urban areas, it is better to drain downspouts to an underground storm water drainage system, if there is one, or underground to discharge at a lower grade away from buildings. Water that flows directly off a roof lacking gutters and downspouts can cause damage below. Accordingly, some provision in the landscaping may be needed, such as a gravel bed or paved drainage way.

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