There are a lot of possible causes for basement flooding some external and some internal. As far as the external causes are concerned local municipalities have gone to great lengths to upgrade sewers, pipes, storm drains and catch basins to reduce the risk. But while that work is important it doesn’t negate the fact that basement flooding is often an inside job. With severe weather events becoming the norm it is crucial that homeowners take the initiative to prevent basement flooding that cannot be prevented via outside fixes. To help cover the cost of installing necessary flood prevention devices such as sump pumps and backwater values a subsidy of up to $3,400 per property is offered through the flood prevention city rebate for Mississauga.
About the Flood Prevention City Rebate Mississauga
The Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program (BFPSP) as it’s known was designed to help homeowners cover the cost of expensive basement flooding mitigation work. It came about in the wake of the devastating floods that hit the region in 2013 and which cost insurance companies an arm and a leg. In the aftermath those insurance companies put stipulations in most homeowner policies that stated they would only cover for flooding if the homeowner took certain steps to prevent it such as:
- Installing Backwater Valves – A backwater valve prevents water from the local sewer line from spilling into basements through drains in the floor. A backwater valve should be installed on every potential point of entry including sinks, shower drains, floor drains and toilets. One should also be installed on the line leading directly to the municipal sewer system. The BFPSP will cover up to 80% of the cost to install backwater valves up to a max of $1,250 per property.
- Installing Sump Pumps – Sump pumps have been around for years and are common in homes built in high water table areas. But the fact is they can be indispensable in any situation where water is present in the basement. Because the power tends to go out during the kind of extreme weather events that cause flooding most sump pumps have their own backup power source. Just as with backwater valves the BFPSP will cover up to 80% of the cost to install a sump pump up to a maximum of $1,750.
- Severing Foundation Drain Connections – The foundation drain or “weeping tiles” typically connect to the municipal sewer system. In cases of extreme precipitation when drainage need is at its highest they can overwhelm the sewer, sending the water back into the basement. The BFPSP will pay up to $400 per property to those who have the foundation drain connection severed and the drain itself capped.
Call Pom Plumbing Today
To learn more about the flood prevention city rebate for Mississauga or to arrange basement flooding mitigation work call Pom Plumbing today on 905 625 8777. We’ve helped scores of homeowners in Mississauga and the surrounding area secure their homes against the ravages of flooding and we can do the same for you. Give us a call today.