You can do everything in your power to keep your basement free of flooding, from clearing the downspouts and eavestroughs to implementing landscaping best practices to reroute water. But without first lines of defence like a backwater valve and sump pump, you can’t eliminate the threat entirely.
Toronto gets its fair share of precipitation. We experience massive snowfalls in the winter and dramatic, unexpected downpours in the summer. Given the unpredictable weather, protecting your home from the deleterious and costly effects of flooding should be top-of-mind for all Toronto homeowners.
Understandably, not all homeowners can afford to make critical installations, as they face several other daily expenses without having to worry about worst-case scenarios. That’s where Toronto’s “Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program” comes in handy. Through the program, homeowners can apply for cashback on a large portion of their protection efforts.
In this post, we’re exploring Toronto’s generous program. We’ll talk about the importance of the work covered by the subsidy, the conditions of eligibility, and why teaming up with trustworthy Toronto basement waterproofing contractors is the best way to go.
Here’s your short guide to waterproofing rebates in Toronto.
Installing a Backwater Valve
When storms and intense precipitation overwhelm the City’s sewer system, there’s only one place for all that stormwater and sewage to go: into your home through your drains. That is, unless you have a backwater valve.
Backwater valves are one-way valves that allow water and waste to flow out of your home but keep them from flowing in. During periods of extreme rain when the sewer backs up, a flap in the backwater valve lifts to prevent backflow.
It’s a simple mechanism with a profound impact. Damage caused by stormwater can be costly. And sewage in the home can cause several health problems. That’s why the City takes the installation of a backwater valve in Toronto so seriously.
Under the subsidy program, homeowners can get back 80% of the invoiced cost of either a newly installed backwater valve or backwater valve replacement. The rebate is up to a maximum of $1,250.
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Installing a Sump Pump
Backwater valves protect against stormwater and sewage backflow, but that isn’t the only way water can reach your basement. Your basement can also flood with underground water.
Water tables vary from home to home according to a slew of factors (including soil type and location) and can change all the time. Unfortunately, it can be hard to tell whether groundwater will affect your home until it happens. To mitigate this threat, you need a sump pump.
The role of a sump pump is relatively straightforward: when its complex valves detect rising water levels, the pump sets in motion, quickly pumping the excess water out of your basement and into a drainage site.
In the City’s subsidy program, homeowners are eligible to receive 80% of their invoiced cost back – up to $1,750. The cost includes taxes, labour and materials. It’s also important to note that – as with the backwater valve – the subsidy covers replacement. If you’re unsure whether your sump pump is still working, give us a call here at NTL Contracting. You may be able to replace it for a fraction of the cost!
Storm Sewer Capping and External Weeping Tile Disconnection
Homeowners are also eligible for subsidies for storm sewer capping and external weeping tile disconnection. Essentially, severance and capping allow you to disconnect your home’s foundation drains from the City’s sewer system.
The subsidy available for this job is 80% of the invoiced amount up to $400 (again, including tax, materials and labour).
At NTL Contracting, we offer all the above services. If you need to add or replace a sump pump or backwater valve, give us a call. If you require severance and capping, we can help with that too! And suppose your home has already suffered water damage. In that case, NTL Contracting is a restoration company that offers a variety of waterproofing services, including foundation crack injections, vapour barriers and plumbing repairs.
What Are the Conditions for a Subsidy?
To be eligible for these rebates, homeowners need to satisfy a few of the City’s criteria. The conditions for eligibility include (but aren’t limited to) the following:
- Obviously, you need to be the registered owner of the home. Eligible homes include houses, triplexes and duplexes that function as single-family dwellings.
- The contractor you use must have a valid license with the City to perform the installation (a little more on that below).
- Only currently built homes are eligible. Unfortunately, the subsidy doesn’t apply to forthcoming constructions. That said, if you are building a home, you should still contact NTL Contracting about installing these necessary protections. As mentioned, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
- The property in question can’t have already exceeded the lifetime maximum subsidy.
- You need original invoices from your contractor. Again, this underscores the importance of choosing a professional, trustworthy company like NTL Contracting.
- You need to submit your subsidy application within a year of the work being finished.
To learn more about conditions, we recommend homeowners peruse Toronto’s official page on the subject. Additionally, they stipulate that an application submission won’t necessarily guarantee you cashback.
Hiring a Trustworthy Contractor
To be eligible for the subsidy, you need to choose a trustworthy contractor in possession of valid City of Toronto licenses. Not all contractors have these licenses, but NTL Contracting does.
Because the subsidy only applies to a home once, you want the job done right the first time. To ensure that your basement is protected, call a qualified, professional and trustworthy contractor.
At NTL Contracting, we’re proud to have received the Best of TrustedPros Award several years in a row for having the highest reviews and fewest complaints from clients. The award is a testament to our philosophy as a company: We’re committed to providing high-quality work and customer satisfaction.
The cost of repairing flood damage outweighs the cost of preventative measures. And with the City’s generous subsidies on backwater valves and sump pumps, you can save even more money while waterproofing your home. To get started, contact the professionals at NTL Contracting.