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Spring thaw, rainstorms, and sewer backups can lead to basement flooding problems for homeowners in Toronto. If you’re a homeowner in the city, you’ll need to make basement flooding prevention a top priority. After all, who wants to spend thousands of dollars – or possibly tens of thousands of dollars – to fix damages caused by water infiltration?

What follows is a look at some tips that will help you to keep your basement from flooding.

Backwater Valve: A backwater valve is a critical piece of equipment that every Toronto homeowner should have installed in their sewer line. This device contains a flap that keeps water or sewage from flowing towards your residence. The flap rises and closes if the direction of the water or wastewater starts to flow towards your residence. Fortunately, the City of Toronto offers rebates for backwater valve installation through its Protective Plumbing Rebate program. For instance, there’s a $500 rebate for an indoor storm backwater valve installation. Rebates of different dollar amounts are available for other types of backwater valve installations. 

Sump Pump: Is your sump pump in good repair? You need to conduct routine checks to be certain that it’s draining correctly. It’s also a good idea to have a licensed plumber perform annual inspections to look for possible pinhole leaks, pipe failure, tree root encroachment, or other issues. Toronto’s Protective Plumbing Rebate program also covers sump pumps – as long as the abovementioned qualifications are met. A rebate of $1,250 is available if you install a sump pump with battery backup power.

Downspouts: You need to ensure that your downspouts adequately divert water from the foundation of your home. If the downspouts don’t extend far enough away from your home, you can buy extensions that will make it easy to keep water from pooling too close to your home.

Downspouts & Gutters: If your downspouts, gutters, grates, window wells, and drains are obstructed, you will run the risk of flooding. Keep these things clear of leaves, dirt, twigs, and other things that can lead to blockages, overflow, and flooding. 

Doors & Windows: As you look to prevent flooding, don’t forget your doors and windows. This is especially the case as it relates to your basement doors and windows. Conduct a visual inspection to see if there are any issues. As needed use caulking and weather stripping to prevent water infiltration. If your windows and doors are the worse for wear, replace them.

Sprinklers: Do you have underground sprinklers on your property? You’ll want to direct the heads properly so that the water doesn’t land near the foundation of your home. Also be sure to check that the system is working properly and that there are no leaks.

Avoid Freezing: Turn off any outside faucets during the cold weather months. If you don’t, there’s a chance that the pipes will freeze, and this can cause pipes to burst. You should also insulate your sump pump discharge pipe. A licensed plumber will be able to help so that you can avoid problems that will lead to expensive repairs.

If you follow these tips, you’ll dramatically reduce the chances of your basement flooding. As a Toronto homeowner, you should have basement flood prevention on the top of your agenda. Two of the most important aspects of a strategy to prevent prevention are getting a backwater valve and a sump pump. At DrPipe Drain and Plumbing Services, we’re equipped to install such equipment and will be glad to provide basement plumbing services. For the help you need, call us at 416-663-4777. We’re available 24/7, offer upfront pricing, and provide five-star customer service. We’ll get the job done right the first time around, so let us know how we can help.

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