Basements can flood for many reasons. For its part, the City of Toronto is working to make improvements to its complex system of underground pipes, sewers and catch basins. But these improvements alone cannot completely protect a home from basement flooding. 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. Call for details.
Eligible work for REBATE in Toronto:
1. Installation of backwater valve
2. Replacement of existing backwater valve
3. Installation of alarm for backwater valve
Available subsidy = 80% of the invoiced cost up to a maximum of $1,250 regardless of the number of devices installed at the property, including eligible labour, materials, permit and taxes.
Eligible work for REBATE in Tronto:
1. Installation of sump pump
2. Replacement of existing sump pump
3. Installation of alarm for sump pump
4. Installation of back-up power for sump pump
Available subsidy = 80% of the invoiced cost up to a maximum of $1,750 regardless of the number of devices installed at the property, including eligible labour, materials, permit and taxes.
Note: Be sure to maintain basement flooding protection devices according to manufacturer instructions. Keeping these devices in good working order is an important step in protecting your home against basement flooding.
FOUNDATION DRAIN (weeping tile) pipe severance and capping
Eligible work for REBATE in Toronto:
Disconnection of foundation drains (weeping tiles) from the City�s sewer system by severing and capping the underground sewer connection
Available subsidy = 80% of the invoiced cost up to a maximum of $400 including eligible labour, materials and taxes.
Note: Disconnecting the downspouts from your property�s eavestrough system is not eligible for a subsidy under this program.
Back-water valve installation Subsidy Program in Vaughan
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 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 higher compare to 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 wise 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. 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
Plumbers recommend to annually check valve for free movement of all moving parts. Clean away any debris.
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