Basement flooding has serious implications to your home condition and your peace of mind. When it happens, you get so distressed that you might consider moving. You also begin to fear for your children’s safety and could get agitated whenever it starts to rain again.
A flooded basement could weaken your home’s foundation, reduce the value of your house, damage your property, promote the buildup of molds, and disrupt your life significantly.
Basement flooding is typically caused by heavy rains, melting snow or damaged pipes. But the most damaging and annoying reason for basement flooding is sewer backup. This happens when sewage from sewer lines, for some reason, can’t flow naturally into the sewer and begin to flow back or back up to your house. Sewer water is dirty, foul-smelling and teeming with all sorts of harmful microorganisms. Sewer backups will not only damage your property but also put to risk your health and your family’s safety.
Nobody wants this to happen. Nobody wants to see their basement flooded with waste and waste water. This shouldn’t happen to anyone.
As shown in the video, back water valve plays a crucial role in protecting your basement from flooding in times of heavy rains and city sewer backups.
City of Toronto has began a Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program specifically for this reason. Here’s an excerpt from their website:
“Help protect yourself against basement flooding
Basements can flood for many reasons. While the City of Toronto is working to make improvements to its complex system of underground pipes, sewers and catchbasins, these improvements alone cannot completely protect a home from basement flooding. With the increasingly frequent and severe weather, it is essential that homeowners take the appropriate action to reduce the risk of basement flooding on their own private property. Those who isolate their home from the City’s sewer system can significantly reduce the risk of basement flooding.
To assist homeowners, the City offers owners of single-family, duplex and triplex residential homes a financial subsidy of up to $3,200 per property to install flood protection devices including a backwater valve, a sump pump, and pipe severance and capping of the home’s storm sewer or external weeping tile connection.”
For a full article and eligibility requirements please visit their website: City of Toronto Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program
As a leading Drain Contractor in GTA, we’re committed to helping you go through the application process to obtain the subsidy, and provide highest quality installation at very reasonable cost. We understand the stress and uncertainty that a homeowner may experience during such a project and we promise to guide you every step of the way and make sure your installation is smooth, timely and you’re completely satisfied.