With the recent heavy rainfalls in the City of Toronto it is not surprising that there have been numerous reports of flooded basements. There are a variety of causes of basement flooding:

  • Inadequate property drainage or failure of the foundation drain system
  • Leak present in the home’s foundation or basement windows/doors
  • Eavestroughs overflowing & clogged or leaking downspouts
  • A clogged or blocked drainage pipe leading from your home to the City sewer system
  • Sump pump failure
  • Backflow of sewer water such as wastewater, or rainwater from the City sewer system

All of these causes are preventable, especially sewer backflow. Your local plumbers can install a simple device called a backwater valve that will put an end to sewer backflow, eliminating this cause of basement flooding – and for good reason. When a  basement floods it can be a very traumatic experience, most people store possessions of value in their basement and it’s not uncommon for people to find that their property has been utterly ruined by these events. Additionally, the associated cost of cleanup and repairs in the case of damages can be very costly.

Prevent sewer backflow with the installation of a backwater valve

It is always recommended to take preventative measures against property damages since the resulting damage potential is always going to require a larger investment than the preventative steps. Scarborough is one area where they’ve had considerable flooding associated with our recent heavy rainfalls; although the installation of a backwater valve may not be the sole cure for these residents, one individual reported the resulting flooding damages cost upwards of $30,000 total. So, when it comes to the installation of a backwater valve this is one case an ounce of prevention is worth at least a few pounds of cure.

The City of Toronto subsidizes backflow valves installation

If you live in the City of Toronto and are considering a backwater valve you may want to take advantage of this offer. The City has decided to subsidize up to $3,200 per single-family home property to cover the installation of flood prevention devices such as a backwater valve, sump pump, and severance and capping of the storm sewer or weeping tile connection.  However, to claim these subsidies home owners are required to seek the assistance of a plumber licensed by the City of Toronto.

For more information, please take a look at the City of Toronto’s Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program brochure. It provides all you need to know to claim your flood prevention rebates.

We can stop your sewer backflow problems

When it comes to eliminating sewer backflow and associated basement flooding issues we can help you with the entire process – installation of the backwater valve and associated documentations procedures to show the City that you’ve complied with the rebate requirements. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the installation of a backwater valve or are looking for an end to your basement flooding woes.

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