Basement flooding protection Subsidy Program in Toronto
Take a close look at Basement Flooding Subsidy Program running by City of Toronto.
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 back-water valve, sump pump, and
pipe severance and capping of the home's storm sewer or external weeping tile connection.
City of Toronto is working to make improvements to its complex system of underground pipes, sewers and catchbasins,
but these improvements alone cannot completely protect a home from basement flooding.
With climate change causing severe
storms to occur more frequently, homeowners must also take action to reduce their risk of basement flooding.
The City offers program that can help.
Through the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program, owners of single-family, duplex or triplex residential homes can receive a financial subsidy of
up to $3200,00 per property for implementing flood protection measures such as back-water valves, sump pumps, pipe severance, capping of the home's
storm sewer connection, and more.
-Back-water valve. Available subsidy =80% of the invoices cost up to a maximum of $1,250 including eligible labour, materials, permit and taxes.
-Sump pump Available subsidy =80% of the invoiced cost up to a maximum of $1,750 including eligible labour, materials and taxes.
-Back-water valve + sump pump Available subsidy =80% of the invoiced cost up to a maximum of $2,800 including eligible labour, materials and taxes.
-Pipe severance and capping Available subsidy = a maximum of $400 including eligible labour, materials and taxes.
What is the purpose to install back water valve?
Flooding can sometimes cause sewage from sanitary sewer lines to back up into houses through drainpipes.
These backups not only cause damage that is difficult and costly to repair, but they also create health hazards.
A good way to protect against sewage backups is to install backflow valves, which are designed to block the flow into the house.
How to find out do I need back water valve installed or not?
New construction. Back Water Valve must be installed.
Existing houses. Municipal Building Codes require you to have a backwater valve if your plumbing fixtures are below the top of the first
upstream manhole (1) on picture on your street.
Home (A) does not need a backwater valve. This home should never experience a flooded basement due to a
sewer backup because all plumbing fixtures and drain are located higher compared with the first upstream manhole on the street.
Drains on the first floor of Home (B) might be safe as it is slightly higher (must be at least 24" higher) than the first upstream sanitary sewer manhole cover.
When the second floor living space is installed, it is adwisable to install a back water valve. Drain fixture in the basement of Home (B) would be below the level
of the first upstream manhole and sewage backups could occur without a backwater valve. It is recommended to install back water valve
Drain in Home (C) would be located below the level of the first upstream sewer manhole cover. This home would require
the installation of a backwater valve.
Where back water valve has to be installed and how does it work?
A backwater valve is a fixture put on a sewer line in the basement of your home to prevent sewer backflows.
A properly installed backwater valve works on a one-way system; sewage can go out, but not back in.
The Mainline Fullport Backwater Valve is currently the only backwater valve approved in the Province of Ontario
for home installation on the main sanitary sewer lateral.
Back water valve maintenance
Annually check valve for free movement of all moving parts.
Clean away any debris.
Who can install back water valve?
Licensed Plumbing Company.
Anta Plumbing Inc. is licensed plumbing company. We install back water valves, prepare the permit for installation,
provide you with all information for BACK WATER VALVE INSTALLATION SUBSIDY PROGRAM.
A sump pump is a pump used to remove water that has accumulated in a sump pit.
A sump pit, commonly found in the home basement, is simply a hole to collect water.
The water may enter via the perimeter drains of a basement waterproofing system,
funneling into the pit, or may arrive because of rain or because of natural ground
water, if the basement is below the water table level.
In some cases, a sump pump is used when a lower floor is below the municipal sewer
lines, to pump greywater or black water waste from that floor to the sewer lines
We've got interesting emergency call with "strange noises coming up from sump pump".
When we reached the place, we found sump pump installed without back flow preventer.
What does it mean? In outdoor plumbing, any supply line must be fitted with a device
known as a back flow preventer. Back flow preventer ensure that contaminated water is
never siphoned back into household plumbing system by a sudden drop in pressure, such
as might occur if a supply main ruptures.
Sump pumps are installed particularly where basement flooding is seen as a problem,
but are also used to ameliorate dampness where the water table is normally above
the foundation of a home. Sump pumps send water away from a house to any place where
it no longer presents a problem, such as a municipal storm drain or a dry well.
Older properties may have their sump pumps connected to the sanitary sewer,
but this is frowned upon now (and may be against the plumbing code) because
it can overwhelm the municipal sewage treatment system.