How to protect your basement from flooding

How to protect your basement from flooding

(Photo credit: slgckgc/Flickr)

(Photo credit: slgckgc/Flickr)

As extreme weather events become more common in Canada, one housing issue that can cost you thousands of dollars in damage is when your basement floods.

You can ensure your storm drains are clear of debris or plant plants to help absorb some of the excess liquid, but sometimes that isn’t enough.

If you live in Toronto, you’ll be glad to hear that the city has a Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program that encourages homeowners to help reduce the chances of their basements being flooded. The city is working on improving its storm water management system, but sometimes that isn’t enough or sometimes repairs are happening at a slower pace than needed. The subsidy program offers up to $3,400 for each property.

Here are some ways you can prevent flooding in your house, which the city will pitch in and cover some of the costs.

Backwater valve

A backwater valve protects your home by preventing any excess liquid from a full sewer line from entering your basement. If there’s heavy rainfall and the city’s sewage system is unable to withhold all the water, the dirty water could come up through your sinks, toilets or other drains in your basement. A properly installed backwater valve would prevent this since it shuts off access to your piping. But you’ll also need more than a backwater valve to protect your home.

Sump pit

The use of a sump pity system works in conjunction with the backwater valve and weeping tiles since any water collected from these collections should flow towards your sump pit. The pit is installed into your basement floor and once the water rises in the pit, a sump pump pumps the water out through a discharge pipe. The pipe will lead toward a place on your property that absorbs water, such as your lawn, but it’s important to note that you’re not allowed to discharge the water to the city’s property or a neighbour’s property. These systems require electricity and you might consider installing a backup power source if a heavy rainstorm knocks out the power in your area.

Pipe severance and capping

In some cases, you might need to sever or cap your piping from the weeping tile to the main sewer to prevent flooding in your basement. Before doing so, ensure you’re being advised by a plumber or drain specialist that’s licensed by the city.

It’s important to note that these changes affect your property, but also the city’s plumbing system. Before hiring a contractor to handle the job, ensure they’re licensed by the city and that you’re granted a building permit and undergo an approved inspection.

Rebate4U can help clients receive the money from the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program for free. Your home is the biggest investment you’ll ever take and it’s important to protect its value. If you’ve done major renovations on your home, Rebate4U can help you determine whether you qualify for an HST rebate. Rebate4U’s priority is to provide our clients with the most professional and quality service in obtaining rebates for their new and renovated homes. We are proud to offer our clients the most personal and attentive service, and we make sure that all of our clients are 100% satisfied.

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