Swales are located on some private property along the back fence or the side of the property. It is the responsibility of the homeowner to keep the swale clear and free of snow, ice and debris. Please check your swale frequently and remove all snow, ice and debris that may have accumulated.
In addition to clearing your swale of snow/ice/debris, please:
Rainfall and snowmelt funnel from your roof to your eavestrough and then through your downspout.
Your downspout directs water away from your foundation.
Soil absorbs some rain and snowmelt, and the rest should flow to the lowest point of your property to be captured by a swale, gutter or catch basin.
Water then travels within the City’s stormwater network and eventually discharges to Nose Creek.
When the ground absorbs water, soil can act like a sponge causing the underground “water table” (the depth at which soil spaces become completely saturated) to rise. Water seeps through the ground and eventually reaches the foundation of the home. Water enters your basement through cracks and holes in the home’s foundation.
Short-term preparation tips
What is a sump pump? It is a pump used to remove water that has accumulated in a water-collecting basin commonly found in your basement. It pushes water outside your home and drains onto your property.
Correct placement for your sump pump hose
Drain away from your home, onto a grassy area or permeable surface that way the water is absorbed. Water from the sump pump may be used to water grass, trees and shrubs found on your property.
Continue to move the hose so you do not over water one specific area.
Incorrect placement for your sump pump hose