Together we can stop heavy rainfall, melting snow and run off from ending up in your basement. The City is continually updating and maintaining Toronto’s complex underground pipes, sewers and catch basins. Homeowners can also take steps to help prevent their basements from flooding.
To assist homeowners, the City 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.
Every home is at risk of basement flooding, even if there has never been a flooding incident. Water in your basement is most likely to occur when there's been a heavy rainfall, snow is melting or we're experiencing a spring thaw. The good news is that you can prevent or at least reduce the chance of this happening.
Helpful tips to help reduce basement flooding in your home.
The City's Basement Flooding Protection Program is a multi-year program that is helping to reduce the risk of future flooding by making improvements to the City's sewer system and overland drainage routes.