Basement floods are among the most devastating disasters that can occur in a home. They result in substantial damage, lead to health risks and require considerable time and money to completely clean up after. And in a city like Toronto, with its combination of complex underground pipe systems and increasingly serious weather disasters, the need for prevention is greater than ever before.
Fortunately, the city is trying to help homeowners defray the cost of protecting their homes against basement floods by instituting a Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program. If you own a single-family home, duplex or triplex, your property may be eligible for up to $3,400 courtesy of the program, provided you work with a licensed plumber in Toronto to protect your property against basement flooding.
Three different types of protection are eligible for grants under the subsidy program: backwater valves, sump pumps and drain pipe severance and capping. Let’s take a closer look at the specific procedures that might qualify your property for grant money:
- Backwater valves: Property owners can receive 80 percent of the invoiced cost up to $1,250 for the installation or replacement of a backwater valve. Installing a backwater valve alarm also makes one eligible for grant money.
- Sump pumps: Installing or replacing a sump pump, installing a sump pump alarm and installing a backup power supply for the sump pump are all eligible for subsidy money. Again, 80 percent of the invoiced cost up to $1,750 can be subsidized.
- Foundation drain pipe severance and capping: Disconnecting your foundation drain pipes from the city sewer system through a process of severing and capping the connection will be 80 percent subsidized up to a cost of $400.
In all cases, labor, materials and taxes are included within the subsidy-eligible amount. In addition, permits required for work on backwater valves and sump pumps is included. Keep in mind that proper maintenance of all devices is necessary to ensure their continued function and performance in protecting your basement.
It probably goes without saying that none of these tasks are best performed on a weekend taking a DIY approach. However, all of them fall within the purview of plumbing contractors, drain contractors and joint plumbing and heating contractors. That’s right: your licensed plumber in Toronto is qualified to take on these projects! Rather than attempt the work on your own and risk bigger problems—or put it off entirely and risk a basement flood—talk to your plumber about the work involved in getting your home protected to the fullest extent possible.
If you’re looking for a licensed plumber in Toronto to perform the labor necessary to qualify your home for funds under the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program, we hope you’ll turn to the team at Rooter Group Inc. Since 2000, we have been offering an array of plumbing services to residents of Toronto, and we have considerable experience with working on backwater valves, sump pumps and more. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment!