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Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program

A building permit is required prior to the installation of a back water valve but not for sump pumps. Subsidies are available only for exisitng homes, not homes in the planning stages or currently under construction. This program does not provide subsidies for pipe replacement, waterproofing or disconnection of downspouts.

Program changes in Toronto

From January 1,2015 City of Toronto provided some changes to rebate program:
- Maximum rebate is $1750
- Installation of a sump pump ALARM is covered
- Installation of sump pump BACKUP power is covered
- Installation of an additional sump pump is covered
- Replacement of an existing sump pump is covered

As you can see we have additional budget for homeowners to cover thier expenses when they update thier sump pit systems. It is a great time now to make system better and more efficianet then ever. Ask Anta Team for details

Sump Pump Installation and Repair

Check our Basement Flooding Page for more information about Backwater Valve installation:

Who needs to install a backwater valve?
Who is eligible for rebates?
How does a backwater valve work to prevent flooding?

A sump pump is required in houses built above rivers, in  lower landscaping areas and in a houses with back water valves installed. Why? Because a backwater valve will prevent sewer backup from washing back into your home when the city’s portion of the sewer pipe is overloaded.

The weeping tile system will deliver the underground water to the main building drain but since the back water valve will be locked, it will pose no threat to your home. All underground water will discharge to the basement through the floor drain in the basement.

To prevent this flood please check with technician:

- Where the floor drain is located
- Where the weeping tile is connected
- How underground water is discharged from the system

To prevent this flood please check with technician:
- Where is your floor drain located
- Where weeping tile is connected
- How undergorund water dicharge system built

- In Burlington (for example) Municipality will not release the rebate to the homeowner untill plumber will not report them about sump pit system

Drainage standards have changed over the years, yet basement flooding remains a serious problem affecting residents in many municipalities in Toronto. Basement flooding generally occurs during snow melts and heavy rainfall and can cause serious damage and inconvenience.

Call us and ask what is this program about. Sump pit. Anta Plumbing

ANTA Plumbing Inc. Sump pit installation

Basic steps to protect basement from flooding

Every homeowner should take the responsibility for establishing basement flooding precautions. Most often, you will need to speak to your Toronto plumber for area-specific plumbing installations.  Basic protective steps homeowners should take include:


- Installing a backflow valve (back-water valve) to storm and combined sewer systems
- Installing a sump pump
- Disconnecting downspouts
- Installing a rain barrel
- Sealing leaky basement (waterproofing or crack repair)


Sewage pump (Ejector pump)

A sewage pump has one job: moving solids and liquids between locations when sewage lines can not be installed due to too low toilet levels compared to the existing building drain. A sewage pump will sit in a sewage basin, which must naturally be in the lowest area of the location needing drainage (basement area).

The main concern for many residential consumers, is determining the size of sewage pump to buy.

Pumps are usually rated in horsepower, and most pumps are between half a horsepower and one horsepower.The size of the pump should be based on the amount of sewage generally needing to be transported.

Plumber will calculate and recommend you the right choice for your needs.

Sump Pit

Sewer Ejector pump. Anta Plumbing

A sump pit drainage system includes a sump pit, a sump pump and a discharge pipe. The sump pit, set into the basement floor, collects water from the weeping tiles around your basement. The pump pushes the water outside your house through the discharge pipe.

Sump Pit maintenance

Clean the pit each year after winter time. Weeping tile drainage may carry small amounts of soil, sand and debris into the pit.

Water may remain in the pit and cause a smell if it sits for a long time. You can flush the pit by adding fresh water until the pump removes the stale water.

Sump Pump

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.

Used sump pump

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

Sump pump


Sump Pump Maintenance

A sump pump plays a pivotal role in your home's drainage system. Two types of sump pumps are available, one for clear water and another for the waste system. In fact, the effectiveness of your drainage system is wholly dependent on the smooth operation of the pump.

Check and test your pump each spring and each fall before the rainy season begins.

Remove and thoroughly clean the pump at least once a year. Be sure that you disconnect the electric plug first!

Battery Backup Pump

Overflow protection - Battery backup pump

Battery backup sump pumps act as flood prevention systems. There are many things that can go wrong down in the sump pit to cause basement flooding - power outage, a failed sump pump, and a stuck float switch are just some of the common causes.

By using a battery backup sump pump, your basement will remain dry during any of the above situations.


Overflow Protection: Sump Pit & Pump Cleaning

Sump pump failures do occur, and will end up leaving your basement area vulnerable to costly damage. The best way to avoid potential water damage is to closely follow the guidelines laid out in the owner's manual which provides the necessary instructions for proper pump maintenance and operation. Our installation plumber’s first rule of prevention is to keep your sump pump clean.

To properly clean your sump pump, use a pair of rubber gloves to collect all debris. Next, take a garden hose and fill the pump with water. As you fill the pump with water, the float will rise, causing the pump to activate again.

Check the breaker on your control panel. If your float rises, but does not start the system, it is time to consult the installation plumber, or if you don’t know who installed it, contact Anta Plumbing. Our City of Toronto licensed plumbers have extensive experience in sump pump installation and repair.

Basement Flooding



Basement Flooding

Basements can flood for many reasons. The City of Toronto is working hard 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. Increasingly frequent, severe weather events related to climate change, necessitate homeowners take the appropriate actions to reduce the risk of basement flooding on their own private property. Those who isolate their home from City's sewer system can significantly reduce the risk of basement flooding.

Basement flooding in Toronto

Just a facts

- 1,200 calls for flooded basement in Toronto

- more then 13,000 homeowners claims with their insurance companies for sewer backups

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 pupm, and pipe severance and capping of the home's storm sewer or external weeping tile connection.

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