Tuesday night’s torrential downpour is a reminder to Toronto residents about home flooding.
And the City of Toronto has a basement flooding page that has tips on how to reduce flooding but also information on the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program.
“While the City of Toronto is working to make improvements to its complex system of underground pipes, sewers and catch basins, these improvements alone cannot completely protect a home from basement flooding,” reads the site.
With increasingly frequent severe weather events, the city states that it is essential that homeowners take appropriate action to reduce the risk of basement flooding on their own private property.
To help, Toronto offers owners of single-family, duplex and triplex residential homes a financial subsidy of up to $3,400 per property to install flood protection devices including a backwater valve, a sump pump, and pipe severance and capping of the home’s storm sewer or external weeping tile connection.
For each of the devices, the city offers about 80% subsidy on the total cost.
As this is a city program, there are a few rules, such as these subsidies are available only to existing homes, not homes in the planning stages or currently under construction. Residents also must apply to the city for subsidy before installation, and submitting an application does not guarantee a subsidy. Subsidies are issued on a “first-come, first-serve” basis, and are subject to annual funding approved by City Council.
The City of Toronto’s sewer system is designed to handle most storms, but not severe storms, such as this week’s intense rain.
Toronto also recommends homeowners to take these steps to help prevent their basements from flooding:
Items damaged by flooding, such as mattresses, furniture and carpets should be set out for collection on your regular garbage day. Drywall, renovation waste and construction material should be taken to a Drop-off Depot. For depot locations visit https://t.co/0sgawRWDH6 pic.twitter.com/Pqfomol6US
— City of Toronto (@TorontoComms) August 8, 2018